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LatinNews Daily - 25 February 2021

Main Briefing
On 24 February the Venezuelan government declared the ambassador representing the European Union (EU) in Caracas, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, persona non grata and gave her 72 hours to leave the country...
Andean
*Colombia’s President Iván Duque has emphasised that making social investment is one of his government’s main priorities, insisting that it is fundamental to consolidating peace in the country...
Brazil
On 24 February, Brazil’s federal chamber of deputies voted in favour of the admissibility of a constitutional reform (PEC) regarding lawmakers’ immunity, thus paving the way for the PEC to be voted into law...
* Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras has announced that it recorded a R$59.9bn (US$11bn) net profit in the fourth quarter of 2020, bringing its profits at the close of 2020 to R$7.1bn...
Central America & Caribbean
On 24 February Panama’s attorney general, Eduardo Ulloa, resigned...
* The Central American development bank (BCIE) has approved a US$80m loan to Costa Rica for the acquisition and application of vaccines against the coronavirus (Covid-19), and purchase of related equipment – becoming the first multilateral bank to approve a loan for this aim in Central America...
Mexico
On 24 February the governor of Mexico’s Tamaulipas state, Francisco Javier García Cabeza de Vaca, accused President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of being behind the federal attorney general’s office (FGR) efforts to prosecute him...
* Ignacio Sánchez Galán, the CEO of Spanish energy firm Iberdrola, has said that if Mexico's electricity reform affects the company’s shareholders, “pertinent measures” will be analysed and adopted...
Southern Cone
On 24 February Argentina’s main opposition coalition Juntos por el Cambio (JxC) called for health minister, Carla Vizzotti, and the government’s chief-of-staff, Santiago Cafiero, to be summoned to appear before congress to provide explanations over the irregular distribution of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines...
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released the latest figures for the monthly indicator of economic activity (Emae), a preview of GDP growth, which show Argentina’s economic activity fell 2.2% year-on-year in December 2020, and grew 0.9% compared with November...

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