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LatinNews Daily - 08 March 2021

Main Briefing
Over the weekend of 5-7 March, thousands of Paraguayans took to the streets of Asunción to demand the resignation of President Mario Abdo Benítez...
Andean
On 7 March elections took place in Bolivia for the country’s nine departmental governors and 337 mayoralties...
* According to a new report by Peru’s chamber of e-commerce (Capece), the sector in Peru was worth US$6bn in 2020, an increase of 50% on the previous year...
Brazil
On 7 March, a Brazilian delegation led by Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the aim of exploring collaboration between the two countries on treatments to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
* Brazil’s national association of automobile manufacturers (Anfavea) has released its latest performance results, which show that vehicle production totalled 197,000 units in February, down 1.3% on January and 3.5% below February 2020 production levels...
Central America & Caribbean
On 7 March thousands took to the streets in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, to protest the worsening insecurity situation in the country...
* Guatemala’s central bank (Banguat) has released new figures which show remittances to Guatemala totalled US$1.85bn in the first two months of 2021, up from US$1.64bn on the same period in 2020...
Mexico
On 6 March Mexico began distributing 800,000 doses of Sinovac, the Chinese-made vaccine against coronavirus (Covid-19), as part of the national immunisation programme, currently focusing on adults aged 60 years and over...
* The Mexican government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced that the construction of section 5 of its flagship Tren Maya railway will go ahead, despite the public tender process being cancelled...
Southern Cone
* Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera has announced that measures to protect and encourage employment in the context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic will be extended until June...
Washington Watch
Argentina: On 1 March John Kerry, US President Joe Biden’s Special Envoy for Climate, tweeted that he had had “a great call last week with Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández about working together to tackle the climate crisis”...

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