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LatinNews Daily - 02 December 2019

Main Briefing
On 1 December Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse said that he had been the victim of a “political game”...
Andean
On 1 December, Venezuela’s widely recognised interim president Juan Guaidó announced the suspension of 11 deputies from the opposition-controlled national assembly (AN), after they were accused of collusion with Colombian businessmen involved in a Venezuelan food import subsidy programme...
* Colombia’s President Iván Duque has urged leaders of the recent demonstrations to join the ‘National Conversation’ that he has called in the face of the significant economic losses incurred as a result of the protests which began on 21 November...
Brazil
On 1 December, residents of the Paraisópolis favela in the south zone of Brazil’s São Paulo city marched to demand justice after a police operation resulted in nine people being trampled to death during a ‘baile funk’ party in the early hours of the morning that same day...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures for unemployment, which show that unemployment in the period August to October 2019 has fallen to 11.6%, down from 11.8% in May-July 2019...
Central America & Caribbean
* Panama’s national statistics institute (Inec) has released new figures which show that unemployment reached 7.1% in August 2019...
Mexico
On 1 December Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador marked the completion of his first year in office with a big rally in the Zócalo, Mexico City’s main square...
* Mexico’s finance ministry (SHCP) has released its latest statement on public sector finances, according to which the public deficit totalled M$154.1bn (US$7.86bn) between January and October 2019, a “favourable” result well below the expected M$334.2bn deficit...
Southern Cone
On 30 November Luis Lacalle Pou of the centre-right opposition Partido Nacional (PN, Blancos) held a victory celebration after the electoral court formally proclaimed him president-elect in Uruguay’s closest presidential election contest since the restoration of democracy in 1985...
* The Chilean peso has rallied against the US dollar after falling to record lows last week, closing the day at Cl$809.46/US$1 on 29 November, after the central bank (BCCh) announced that it would sell up to US$20bn in foreign currency interventions, citing excessive volatility resulting from the continuing socio-political uncertainty and tensions...
Washington Watch
Brazil: On 22 November Samsung Heavy Industries Company Limited, a South Korea-based engineering company that provides shipbuilding, offshore platform construction, and other construction and engineering services, has reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice to pay US$75m in global penalties to resolve a bribery investigation regarding payments of millions of dollars to members of Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras...

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