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LatinNews Daily - 25 March 2021

Main Briefing
On 24 March, the president of Brazil’s federal chamber of deputies, Arthur Lira, delivered a severe speech in which he warned that the legislature would not tolerate further mistakes in the handling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Andean
On 24 March Venezuela’s foreign ministry blamed armed clashes near the country’s western border on the Colombian government’s “support” for illegal armed groups, and said that “any attempt to violate Venezuela’s territorial integrity… will be met with a forceful response”...
* Ecuador’s state-run oil company, Petroecuador, has announced that it plans to drill 13 additional oil extraction wells in two of its Amazon fields by the end of 2021, with the aim of increasing production...
Brazil
* The mayor of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, has announced a social aid package to minimise the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on the most vulnerable, as the city goes into a 10-day lockdown from 26 March in a bid to bring the healthcare crisis under control...
Central America & Caribbean
On 24 March El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele tweeted that “if the US wants to seriously address immigration at the southern border, they should really drop the ‘northern triangle’ concept”...
* Nicaragua’s central bank (BCN) has released new figures which show the country’s GDP contracted 2% in 2020...
Mexico
On 24 March Mexico’s national human rights commission (CNDH) demanded “urgent” humanitarian attention for some 240 migrants stuck in the city of Reynosa in Tamaulipas state, on the border with the US...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released its latest results from the national employment survey (Enoe), which show that unemployment in February remained above pre-coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic levels, but had improved compared with January...
Southern Cone
On 24 March, the Argentine government announced its withdrawal from the Lima Group of Western Hemisphere countries that have been trying to resolve the political crisis in Venezuela...
* International credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has lowered its long-term foreign currency sovereign credit rating for Chile from ‘A+’ to ‘A’ with a ‘stable’ outlook...

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