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LatinNews Daily - 15 January 2020

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On 14 January Guatemala’s new president, Alejandro Giammettei, and his conservative Vamos government assumed office for a four-year term...
Andean
On 14 January, Peru’s constitutional court (TC) rejected an appeal claiming that President Martín Vizcarra’s dissolution of congress on 30 September 2019 was in violation of the constitution, by four votes to three...
* Colombia’s national coffee federation (FNC) has announced a 9% increase in production in 2019, with the harvest of 14.8m bags (each 60kg) the best performance in 27 years...
Brazil
On 14 January, international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its annual review of human rights around the globe, ‘World Report 2020’, in which it denounces the “anti-rights agenda” embraced by Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro. ..
* Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has approved a new increase in the minimum wage, following higher-than-expected inflation in 2019...
Central America & Caribbean
* Costa Rica’s national statistics institute (Inec) has released new figures which show the country closed 2019 with 1.52% inflation...
Mexico
On 14 January Mexico’s former health minister Julio Frenk Mora (2000-2006) said that the new Instituto de Salud para el Bienestar (Insabi) initiative sets Mexico’s public healthcare system back 40 years and will not help to expand healthcare provision in the country...
*Mexico’s national hydrocarbons commission (CNH) has authorised three hydrocarbon exploration projects proposed by the state-owned oil company, Pemex...
Southern Cone
On 14 January, Chile’s Frente Amplio (FA) left-wing opposition coalition filed criminal accusations against President Sebastián Piñera and other high-ranking officials for their responsibility in crimes against humanity committed by the security forces during the protests which have shaken the country since October 2019. ..
*The governor of Argentina’s Buenos Aires province, Axel Kicillof, has called on holders of bond 10.875% 2020 issued by the provincial government to accept a deferral of the repayment of US$273m due on 26 January to 1 May...

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