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LatinNews Daily - 06 January 2020

Main Briefing
On 5 January, opposition deputy Luis Parra was elected president of Venezuela’s national assembly (AN), but only after opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s re-election bid was derailed by the national guard (GNB) seemingly denying him entry to the parliament building...
Andean
* Colombia’s national statistics institute (Dane) has released figures which show that annual inflation closed at 3.8% in December 2019, up from the 3.18% registered in December 2018...
Brazil
On 3 January, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said that he hoped none of the economic measures being taken by President Alberto Fernández’s new government in Argentina will affect Brazil...
* Brazilian cosmetics group Natura &Co has concluded its purchase of US competitor Avon Products Inc, a deal announced last May and through which Natura becomes the fourth largest beauty company in the world, with an annual turnover of US$10bn and a global presence in over 100 countries...
Central America & Caribbean
On 5 January, Panama's leading private sector lobby, Cámara de Comercio, Industrias y Agricultura de Panamá (CCIAP), urged the new supreme court (CSJ) justices Maribel Cornejo, María Eugenia López, and Carlos Alberto Vásquez, along with new attorney general (AG) Eduardo Ulloa, to lead efforts to “rescue citizen confidence in the judiciary”...
* Guatemala’s President-elect Alejandro Giammattei has met Honduras’s President Juan Orlando Hernández in Honduras – the first private meeting between the two ahead of Giammattei’s assumption of office on 14 January...
Mexico
On 5 January, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that his administration will listen to the country’s indigenous groups and will not impose on them anything they are opposed to...
* The latest instalment of the monthly poll of leading business executive conducted by Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) shows that overall business confidence fell in December 2019 compared to the same month in 2018...
Southern Cone
On 3 January, Argentina’s labour minister, Claudio Moroni, announced a phased salary increase of Ar$4,000 (US$63) for private sector employees...
* Uruguay’s national statistics institute (INE) has released the latest figures for the consumer price index (IPC) which show that monthly inflation fell by 0.3% in December 2019...
Washington Watch
Argentina: On 27 December 2019, Argentine news website Infobae reported that a delegation of US embassy officials had presented Argentina’s foreign minister, Felipe Solá, with a formal protest note in response to political activities undertaken by Bolivia’s former president, Evo Morales (2006-2019), who was granted refugee status by the Argentine government...

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