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LatinNews Daily - 11 March 2021

Main Briefing
On 10 March, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro defended his government’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and stressed the importance of vaccines, shortly after former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011) lambasted Bolsonaro’s mishandling of the pandemic in a rousing speech...
Andean
On 10 March the head of an ‘independent international fact-finding mission on Venezuela’ appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), Marta Valiñas, presented an oral update on its work following its incendiary first report last September accusing the government led by Nicolás Maduro of crimes against humanity...
* Ecuador’s state-owned oil company Petroecuador has announced that it will earn an extra US$422.4m in the first quarter of 2021 through international exports of its ‘Napo’ and ‘Oriente’ crude oil from Amazon production fields...
Brazil
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released its latest quarterly survey of Brazilian households (PNAD Contínua Trimestral), which presents a breakdown of unemployment per state in 2020...
Central America & Caribbean
On 10 March Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei and the supreme court (CSJ) picked their choices of judges for the constitutional court (CC)...
* The Central American institute for fiscal studies (Icefi), a Guatemala-based think tank, has released a new report warning that the situation of public debt in El Salvador has been “particularly concerning” for various years, a situation exacerbated by the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Mexico
On 10 March Mexico’s lower chamber of congress voted by 316 to 127 to approve a bill decriminalising recreational, medical, and scientific use of cannabis...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has reported that Mexico received 49.3% fewer international tourists year-on-year in January 2021, with numbers falling from 3.8m to 1.9m due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Southern Cone
On 10 March Chile’s senate approved a request by President Sebastián Piñera to extend for a further 90 days the state of exception due to catastrophe over the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
* Argentina’s foreign minister, Felipe Solá, has begun an official visit to Bolivia, the aim of which is to “deepen the bilateral agenda” and “expand trade and investment between the two countries.” During his visit Solá will meet with Bolivia’s President Luis Arce and Vice President David Choquehuanca, as well as his Bolivian peer, Rogelio Mayta...

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