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LatinNews Daily - 10 February 2021

Main Briefing
On 9 February, Venezuela’s foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, accused Colombia’s President Iván Duque of “laying smokescreens” to hide “his responsibility for terrorist attacks against Venezuela”...
Andean
* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised up its prediction for GDP growth in Peru in 2021, from 7.3% to 9%, bolstered by the start of vaccination against the coronavirus (Covid-19) on 9 February...
Brazil
On 9 February, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro unveiled his government’s ‘Adopt A Park’ initiative, which seeks to attract private investment in the maintenance and environmental protection of federal conservation areas across the country...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released figures for the consumer price index (IPCA) for January, which show monthly inflation totalled 0.25%...
Central America & Caribbean
On 9 February Ricardo Velásquez Parker, a national deputy for El Salvador’s opposition Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena) party, proposed invoking Art.131 in the constitution to allow for the removal of President Nayib Bukele if he is found to be physically or mentally unfit to govern...
* New reforms to consumer rights legislation approved by Nicaragua’s national assembly have taken effect...
Mexico
On 9 February the US-based press advocacy group, Inter American Press Association (IAPA), issued a statement warning about “the risks and consequences” of a bill proposed by Mexico’s ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) to regulate content on social media...
* The national council of evaluation of social development policy (Coneval), an independent Mexican government body, has released a report which highlights the consequences of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic sanitary emergency on poverty levels in Mexico...
Southern Cone
On 9 February Argentina’s main centre-right opposition coalition, Juntos por el Cambio (JxC), staged demonstrations around the country to demand the reopening of schools for in-person learning...
*The provincial government of Argentina’s north-western Salta province has formally presented its proposal to restructure bonds issued by the province and held by private investors...

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