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LatinNews Daily - 02 January 2020

Main Briefing
On 31 December 2019, Bolivia’s interim government announced it would appoint a high representative to the country’s embassy in Spain, in order to resolve the “impasse” over the expulsion of two Spanish diplomats from Bolivia...
Andean
* Peru’s national statistics institute (INEI) has released new figures which show that inflation in 2019 closed at 1.88%, within the central bank’s target range of 1%-3%...
Brazil
On 31 December 2019 Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro published a series of tweets defending the benefits of regularising wildcat mining on protected indigenous territories...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has posted the government’s latest fiscal statistics, according to which the public sector’s primary deficit totalled R$15.3bn (US$3.81bn) in November 2019, down from R$15.6bn in November 2018...
Central America & Caribbean
On 30 December 2019 the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega announced the conditional release of 91 political prisoners...
* El Salvador’s central bank (BCR) has released new figures which show that GDP grew 2.7% in the third quarter of 2019, year-on-year, up from 1.9% in the second quarter and 2.3% in the first quarter...
Mexico
Over the night of 31 December 2019-1 January 2020, the indigenous revolutionary clandestine committee of the general command of Mexico’s Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) reiterated its criticism of the leftist government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...
*Mexico’s finance ministry (SHCP) has reported that the fiscal deficit reached M$167.2bn (US$8.84bn) between January and November 2019, lower than the M$394.2bn projected in the 2019 national budget...
Southern Cone
On 31 December 2019 Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera released a New Year’s message in which he called on Chilean society to come together to heal the wounds left behind by the ongoing social protests that erupted in the country in mid-October...
* Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has raised Argentina’s long-term foreign currency rating from ‘SD’ (selective default) to ‘CC’ (a measure on a rating scale meaning default is expected as a “virtual certainty”, regardless of when)...

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