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LatinNews Daily - 26 August 2020

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On 25 August, Peru’s congress defied President Martín Vizcarra’s government by approving a bill allowing people to partially withdraw their contributions to the state pension fund, up to a maximum of PEN4,300 (US$1,200)...
Andean
* Aquiles Hopkins, president of the Venezuelan federation of agricultural producers (Fedeagro), has warned that the country’s agricultural sector is facing “its most complex moment in the last 50 years”, as extreme fuel shortages are set to seriously disrupt domestic food production...
Brazil
On 25 August, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro launched his government’s ‘Casa Verde e Amarela’ ('green and yellow home') affordable housing programme...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the latest figures for the balance of payments in the external sector, according to which foreign direct investment (FDI) to Brazil totalled US$2.7bn in July, down from US$5.3bn in July 2019...
Central America & Caribbean
On 25 August a group of nurses protested outside Hospital San Miguel Arcángel in Panama City’s San Miguelito district...
* El Salvador’s tourism ministry (Mitur) has released new figures which suggest that the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has cost the country US$1.15bn in lost revenue...
Mexico
On 25 August the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) demanded a thorough investigation into the suspected extrajudicial killing of an individual during a 3 July anti-crime operation by the Mexican army in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state...
* The new president of Mexico’s auto industry group Asociación Mexicana de la Industria Automotriz (Amia), José Guillermo Zozaya, has said that the sector has seen a recovery in the production and export of vehicles since the economy began reopening in June, following the restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19)...
Southern Cone
On 25 August, calls began to gain traction on Argentine social media for demonstrations to be staged in front of congress today (26 August), in rejection of the judicial reform proposed by President Alberto Fernández’s government...
* Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández and public works minister Gabriel Katopodis have announced Ar$20bn (US$273m) in investment to carry out public works in the provinces of Catamarca, San Luis, La Rioja, Mendoza, and Santiago del Estero...

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