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LatinNews Daily - 11 February 2021

Main Briefing
On 10 February presidential candidate, Yaku Pérez, of the left-wing indigenous party Pachakutik, accused the country’s national electoral council (CNE) of committing electoral fraud, after the ongoing vote count showed him having moved down to third place in Ecuador’s 7 February general election...
Andean
* Fabio Arias, the legal representative of Colombia’s main workers’ union, the Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Colombia (CUT), has confirmed that the union will call a national strike in rejection of the government’s latest tax reform proposals, which President Iván Duque has announced will be presented to congress in March...
Brazil
On 10 February, Brazil’s Vice President Hamilton Mourão confirmed that ‘Operação Verde Brasil 2’, which involved the deployment of the army to the Amazon to help fight illegal deforestation, would be brought to an end on 30 April...
* Brazil’s federal chamber of deputies has approved by 339 votes to 114 a bill which gives an autonomous status to the country’s central bank (BCB)...
Central America & Caribbean
On 10 February the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a statement condemning the “violent death” of Keyla Patricia Martínez, a 26-year-old nursing student, who died while in police custody after having been detained by national police (PN) officers in La Esperanza, Intibucá department...
* The Dominican Republic’s (DR) President Luis Abinader has formally launched an international tender process to operate a nationwide '5G' telecommunications network, according to a presidential press release...
Mexico
On 10 February Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that he is not in favour of media censorship or regulating the media...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has published new figures which show that international tourist arrivals to the country fell by 46% to 24.3m in 2020 compared with 2019...
Southern Cone
On 10 February Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández met with representatives from the country’s main agricultural organisations to discuss the establishment of a pact to keep domestic price inflation under control...
* Uruguay’s tourism ministry has announced the opening of calls for expression of interest for the development of a five-star hotel with a licence to operate a casino on the coast of the eastern Rocha department...

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