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LatinNews Daily - 08 January 2020

Main Briefing
On 7 January, Venezuelan opposition leader and disputed national assembly (AN) president Juan Guaidó returned to the parliament building, outlining plans for another round of public protests against the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro...
Andean
* Bolivia’s national statistics institute (INE) has released the latest inflation figures which show annual inflation closed at 1.47% in December 2019, down from the 1.51% registered at the same point in 2018...
Brazil
On 7 January, around 500 people took part in a protest against the rise of public transport fares in the Brazilian city of São Paulo, organised by the Movimento Passe Livre (MPL) social movement that advocates for free public transport...
* Brazil’s national association of vehicle manufacturers (Anfavea) has presented the industry’s 2019 results, according to which the country has now established itself as the sixth largest market for automotive vehicles globally...
Central America & Caribbean
On 7 January, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro met Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse in the capital Port-au-Prince where the two discussed the continued political crisis facing the country, among other topics...
* The French government has removed Guatemala from its list of tax havens...
Mexico
On 7 January, the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) leftist indigenous insurgent group called for the Mexican people to mobilise in defence of indigenous territory and the environment, and in protest at the infrastructure mega-projects being planned by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. ..
* Mexico’s finance ministry (SHCP) has reported that the government has placed US$2.3bn worth of bonds in the international markets...
Southern Cone
On 7 January, Argentine agricultural producers staged two separate tractorcades in Buenos Aires province in rejection of agricultural export taxes applied by the government led by President Alberto Fernández...
* Argentina’s economy ministry has announced that it has raised Ar$17bn (US$284.5m) via a sale of local-currency treasury bonds (Letes)...

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