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LatinNews Daily - 15 February 2021

Main Briefing
On 12 February the president of Ecuador’s national electoral council (CNE), Diana Atamaint, announced that a partial but extensive recount of the presidential vote would take place this week in 17 of the country’s 24 provinces...
Andean
* Colombia’s national statistics institute (Dane) has reported that industrial production fell by 5.4% in December 2020 compared with the same month in 2019...
Brazil
On 12 February, João Roma, a federal deputy for the conservative Republicanos party, was appointed citizenship minister in President Jair Bolsonaro’s government...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released its indicator of economic activity (IBC-Br), a proxy for GDP growth, for December 2020, which shows that economic activity expanded 0.64% month-on-month compared with November, and 1.34% year-on-year...
Central America & Caribbean
On 14 February mass protests took place in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, calling for President Jovenel Moïse to step down and leaving one person dead on local press reports...
* The Dominican Republic’s central bank (BCRD) has released new figures which show 205,311 tourists (defined as foreign nationals and non-resident Dominicans) visited the country via air travel in January, a 63.2% drop on the same month in 2020...
Mexico
On 14 February President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that the national vaccination campaign against the coronavirus (Covid-19) will resume in Mexico today (15 February), following the arrival of more vaccine doses...
*The Mexican peso traded at M$19.96/US$1 at the close of the day in local financial markets on 12 February...
Southern Cone
On 12 February protests against police brutality in Chile’s capital Santiago turned violent, resulting in the burning of a police van and the arrest of 45 people...
* Paraguay’s finance minister, Oscar Llamosas, and the president of Paraguay’s central bank (BCP), José Cantero, have said they expect Paraguay’s GDP to grow 4% in 2021 after contracting 1% in 2020 as a result of the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Washington Watch
Central America: On 6 February, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced the termination of Asylum Cooperative Agreements (ACAs) with the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras...

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