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LatinNews Daily - 22 November 2019

Main Briefing
On 21 November, hundreds of thousands of people across Colombia took part in the general strike and public demonstrations called by local trade unions and students in rejection of the economic and social policies of the government led by President Iván Duque...
Andean
* Francisco Santa Cruz, the coordinator at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Peru, has reported that Peru’s Human Development Index (HDI) registered an accumulated increase of 60% between 2003 and 2019, which represents an average growth of 3% per year...
Brazil
On 21 November, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro launched the formal creation process for his new party, named Aliança Pelo Brasil...
* The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has reduced its forecast for Brazil’s 2019 GDP growth to 0.8%...
Central America & Caribbean
On 21 November, Guatemala’s President-elect Alejandro Giammattei complained that Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart had not yet provided information about the Asylum Cooperation Agreement (ACA) that Guatemala signed with the US...
* Costa Rica’s 57-member unicameral naional congress has approved the state budget for 2020 for C10,510bn (US$18.1bn), 4.3% less than the amount approved for 2019...
Mexico
On 21 November, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that he will present his shortlist of three candidates to fill a vacant seat on the supreme court of justice (SCJN) to the senate today (22 November)...
* Lisa Schineller, head of Latin American sovereign ratings at Standard & Poor’s (S&P), has said that Mexico does not have the conditions to achieve 4% GDP growth...
Southern Cone
On 21 November, the Chilean government vehemently rejected a report by international human rights NGO Amnesty International (AI) accusing Chilean security forces of pursuing a policy of repressive punishment against demonstrators...
* Paraguay’s chamber of deputies has given final approval to a bill that lifts to 3% for this year the current cap of 1.5% of GDP on the fiscal deficit set in the 2013 fiscal responsibility law (LRF)...

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