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LatinNews Daily - 01 March 2021

Main Briefing
On 28 February El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele and his Nuevas Ideas (NI) party claimed victory in elections which took place the same day for the 84-member unicameral national legislature and all 262 municipalities...
Andean
On 26 February Ecuador’s health minister, Juan Carlos Zevallos, resigned after he was embroiled in a vaccination scandal...
*Peru’s economy & finance minister, Waldo Mendoza, has reported that the country’s fiscal deficit reached 8.9% of GDP in 2020...
Brazil
On 28 February, people in Brasília protested against lockdown measures recently reintroduced by Federal District governor Ibaneis Rocha, one day after similar protests took place against São Paulo state governor João Doria...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the country’s latest unemployment figures, which show that the unemployment rate stood at 13.9% in the fourth quarter of 2020...
Central America & Caribbean
* The Dominican Republic’s President Luis Abinader has announced plans to guarantee that US$8.85bn will go on providing potable water to all households and ensuring clean rivers...
Mexico
On 26 February Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador warned the US government against challenging his proposed electricity sector reform, demanding respect for Mexico’s sovereignty...
*Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) reported that the country had a trade deficit of US$1.23bn in January, 50.2% lower than the deficit reported in January 2020...
Southern Cone
On 27 February Argentinians took to the streets across the country to protest against the government led by President Alberto Fernández, and notably its response to the so-called ‘VIP vaccination’ scandal which saw public figures close to the government receive privileged access to the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine...
* Chile’s national statistics institute (INE) has released the latest figures for its index of industrial production (IPI), which fell 2.4% year-on-year in January...
Washington Watch
Mexico: On 16 February Mexico’s senate confirmed the appointment of former education minister, Esteban Moctezuma Barragán (2018-2021), as Mexico’s new ambassador to the US...

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