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LatinNews Daily - 07 January 2021

Main Briefing
On 6 January, Ecuador’s electoral disputes tribunal (TCE) dismissed four of the five members of the national electoral council (CNE) after ruling that they had breached electoral law, barely a month before the country’s 7 February general election...
Andean
* Colombia’s national statistics institute (Dane) has released figures which show that the country saw monthly inflation of 0.38% in December 2020, bringing total annual inflation in 2020 to 1.61%...
Brazil
On 6 January, Brazil’s federal health minister Eduardo Pazuello declared that the country is prepared in “financial, organisational, and logistical terms” to execute its national immunisation plan against the coronavirus (Covid-19). ..
* The Brazilian government has zeroed the import tax on syringes and needles, effective until 30 June...
Central America & Caribbean
On 6 January Haitian opposition figures such as Paul Dénis, a former justice minister, criticised remarks made by Luis Almagro, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), in reference to the electoral process which President Jovenel Moïse has announced for this year...
* Costa Rica’s finance ministry has confirmed that formal conversations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will begin on 11 January regarding an agreement for an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) to address the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Mexico
On 6 January, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said that Mexico’s 2021 health sector budget is insufficient to address the challenges posed by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and urged the government to increase it...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show that 105,135 new cars were sold in the country in December 2020, up from 95,485 in November...
Southern Cone
On 6 January, Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera announced yet another series of changes to his cabinet, as two ministers stepped down so as to be able to run as candidates in the 11 April election for the constituent convention which will be tasked with drafting a new constitution...
* Uruguay’s President Luis Lacalle Pou has announced that the country’s borders will remain closed for a further 20 days, until 30 January, to stop the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) although this measure will be re-evaluated in 10 days...

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