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LatinNews Daily - 16 March 2021

Main Briefing
On 15 March tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Bolivia to protest the arrest of former interim president Jeanine Áñez (2019-2020), who has been placed under preventive detention for her role in the alleged coup against Evo Morales (2006-2019)...
Andean
* Peru’s national statistics institute (INEI) has released new figures which show that in 2020 national unemployment was 7.4%, up 3.5 percentage points on 2019 as a result of the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Brazil
On 15 March, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he will appoint Marcelo Queiroga, a doctor, to replace Eduardo Pazuello as health minister. ..
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the latest figures for the monthly index of economic activity (IBC-Br), according to which economic activity grew 1.04% in January, compared with December 2020...
Central America & Caribbean
On 15 March Wendy Flores, a member of the Nicaraguan human rights NGO Colectivo de Derechos Humanos Nicaragua Nunca Más, warned of increasing repression in Nicaragua...
* Costa Rica’s finance ministry has released new figures which show the country’s fiscal deficit as of February was ¢451.18bn (US$740m), representing 1.2% of GDP – an increase of ¢89.7bn on the deficit registered at the same point in 2020 when it represented 1.09% of GDP...
Mexico
On 15 March the head of Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN), Arturo Zaldívar, said that a complaint against one of its members by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador would be considered within the framework of its own autonomy and independence...
* The president of Mexico’s central bank (Banxico), Alejandro Díaz de León Carrillo, has welcomed the government’s plan to speed up vaccination against the coronavirus (Covid-19) as positive for the country’s economic recovery...
Southern Cone
On 15 March Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández was proclaimed president of the Partido Justicialista (PJ)...
* Uruguay’s national statistics institute (INE) has released the latest figures for its index of physical volume (IVF) for the manufacturing industry, a measure of production levels in the manufacturing industry...

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