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LatinNews Daily - 26 January 2021

Main Briefing
On 25 January, the Council of the European Union (EU) confirmed that it no longer recognises Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim president, and called for the resumption of negotiations to resolve Venezuela’s political crisis...
Andean
* Three European banks – Switzerland’s Credit Suisse, France’s BNP Paribas, and the Netherlands’ ING Group – have announced that they will stop financing oil operations in Ecuador, following pressure from campaigners who have highlighted the damage done by the industry to the country’s ecosystems, including the Amazon rainforest...
Brazil
On 25 January, Ricardo Lewandowski, a justice in Brazil’s supreme court (STF), ordered the launch of an investigation into Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello for his possible responsibility for the collapse of the healthcare system in Manaus, Amazonas state...
* The secretariat of the Receita Federal, Brazil's tax authority, has reported that the federal government’s tax revenue totalled R$1.479trn (US$270.6bn) in 2020...
Central America & Caribbean
On 25 January Guyana’s foreign ministry (Minfor) issued a protest note to its Venezuelan counterpart...
* Nicaragua’s central bank (BCN) has published new figures which show that the country’s foreign public debt up to 30 November 2020 totalled US$6.62bn, up by US$44.7m on the previous month, and by US$341.1m compared with the total in December 2019 (US$6.28bn)...
Mexico
On 25 January Mexico’s government formally authorised state governments and private firms to procure vaccines against the coronavirus (Covid-19)...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released the latest figures for its global indicator of economic activity (Igae), which fell 3.9% in November 2020 compared with the same month in 2019 as a result of the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Southern Cone
On 25 January Senator Luis Carlos Naidenoff attended a hearing at a federal court in which he presented a writ of habeas corpus in favour of the people that are being held in mandatory isolation in Argentina’s northern Formosa province...
* A report by the Rosário stock exchange in Argentina has revealed that the country’s grain exports fell by 6% in 2020, compared with 2019...

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