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LatinNews Daily - 08 February 2021

Main Briefing
On 7 February, Ecuadorean presidential candidate Andrés Arauz – of the left-wing Unión por la Esperanza (Unes) coalition – claimed to have won the country’s presidential election, despite preliminary results showing he will have to face a second-round run-off...
Andean
* Peru’s central bank (BCRP) has released the country’s foreign trade figures for 2020, according to which annual imports totalled US$34.66bn, and annual exports totalled US$42.41bn, leaving a trade surplus of US$7.75bn...
Brazil
On 5 February, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said that his government is working to present a bill to reduce taxes levied on the price of petrol fuel, while assuring that he has no intention of interfering in fuel prices in the country, set by state-owned oil company Petrobras...
* The Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz) scientific research institute, which is linked to Brazil’s federal government, has launched the tender process for the construction of what would be the largest vaccines and medicines factory in Latin America, the Complexo Industrial de Biotecnologia em Saúde (CIBS) which will be part of Bio Manguinhos, Fiocruz’s vaccine production arm...
Central America & Caribbean
On 7 February Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse announced that 23 people had been arrested, accused of plotting a coup to overthrow and kill him, including supreme court judge, Yvickel Dabrésil, and police (PNd’H) general inspector, Marie Louise Gauthier...
* Cuba’s labour minister Marta Elena Feitó Cabrera has announced that the Cuban government will allow small private businesses to operate in most sectors, expanding the list of activities in which they are permitted to operate from 127 to more than 2,000...
Mexico
On 7 February Marko Cortés, the president of Mexico’s right-wing opposition Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), warned that that the approval of electricity reform sent to congress by Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador would put the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on regional trade at risk...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released its latest monthly indicator on gross fixed capital formation (GFCF), which measures levels of investment in fixed capital goods such as machinery and equipment, and in construction...
Southern Cone
On 6 February hundreds of people staged demonstrations in cities across Chile to protest against the police killing of a street juggler...
* Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras has completed the sale of its assets in Uruguay to Mauruguay, a subsidiary of Grupo Disa, Spain’s largest independent petrol fuel distributor...
Washington Watch
Cuba: In a press briefing held on 28 January, White House press secretary Jen Psaki commented on possible changes to US foreign policy regarding Cuba under the US administration led by President Joe Biden...

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