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LatinNews Daily - 14 January 2020

Main Briefing
On 13 January Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse announced that the terms of all 119 national deputies and two-thirds of the 30-member senate had expired...
Andean
On 13 January, Bolivia’s interim justice minister Álvaro Coimbra announced that a further charge of sedition has been brought against former president Evo Morales (2006-2019), after he called for the organisation of local militias to challenge the country’s armed forces...
* The finance commission of Venezuela's parliament has reported an annual inflation figure for 2019 of 7,374.4% – still extremely high, but substantially less than the 1,700,000% recorded in 2018...
Brazil
On 13 January Bruno Covas, the mayor of the Brazilian city of São Paulo, sanctioned a law that bans single-use plastic products in commercial establishments...
* The government-led Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (Ipea) in Brazil has released the latest figures for its gross fixed capital formation indicator (FBCF), which show that investments in November 2019 decreased by 1% compared with October 2019 (seasonally adjusted), and by 1.8% compared with November 2018...
Central America & Caribbean
* According to a Honduran presidential press release, trade between Honduras and Guatemala totalled over US$1.825bn in 2018-2019...
Mexico
On 13 January hundreds of lorry drivers blockaded access roads to Mexico City in protest at their exclusion from the new Santa Lucía international airport construction project...
* Mexico’s finance ministry (SHCP) has reported that the country has issued €1.75bn (US$1.57bn) in Euro-denominated bonds in European financial markets...
Southern Cone
On 13 January bonds issued by the most populous province in Argentina, the province of Buenos Aires, fell by over 10% after the country’s economy minister Martín Guzmán said that the national government would not help finance a US$250m debt payment owed by the provincial government which falls due on 26 January...
* Uruguay’s national statistics institute (INE) has published new figures that show that industrial production fell by 3.3% year-on-year in November 2019...

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