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LatinNews Daily - 05 January 2021

Main Briefing
On 4 January, the vice president of Ecuador’s electoral council (CNE), Enrique Pita, reported that a ballot of 16 presidential candidates had been confirmed ahead of the country’s 7 February general election...
Andean
* The de facto Venezuelan government led by Nicolás Maduro has authorised banks in the country to open foreign currency accounts, to help residents pay for goods and services in the context of high inflation and the devaluation of the national currency, the bolívar soberano...
Brazil
On 4 January, five leftist opposition parties in Brazil announced their support for federal deputy Baleia Rossi’s bid to secure the presidency of the federal chamber of deputies in the internal election due on 1 February. ..
* Brazil’s economy ministry has released the latest balance of trade figures, which show the country posted a US$42m trade deficit in December 2020...
Central America & Caribbean
On 4 January the office of the special prosecutor against impunity (Feci), a unit established within Guatemala’s attorney general’s office (AG), called for a local judge, Mynor Moto, to be stripped of his immunity from prosecution to face legal action for the crimes of conspiracy to obstruct justice and prevarication...
* El Salvador’s central bank (BCR) has released new figures which show that the country’s GDP contracted 10.2% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2020, as a result of the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Mexico
On 4 January Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced a decision to extend an offer of political asylum to the British authorities for the founder of the whistleblowers’ website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange...
* Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said that he expects Mexico’s economy to continue to show signs of recovery in the first quarter of 2021...
Southern Cone
On 4 January, a new opinion poll released by the Universidad de San Andrés found that the approval rating of Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández has fallen to 34%...
* Chile’s central bank (BCCh) has released its monthly index of economic activity (Imacec) for November 2020 which shows 0.3% growth year-on-year – the first month to have registered positive year-on-year growth since the onset of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in March...

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