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LatinNews Daily - 26 March 2021

Main Briefing
On 25 March Venezuela’s armed forces (FANB) announced that it had prevented an attack by “paramilitary terrorist cells”, as the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro ramped up its accusations that Colombia is behind an eruption of violence in the western state of Apure...
Andean
* Peru’s transport & communications (MTC) minister, Eduardo González, has announced that France has been selected to provide technical advice to Peru for the construction of a new 'central highway' to connect the coast with the centre of the country, as well as a new road connecting Peru’s main international and domestic airport 'Jorge Chávez', with existing road infrastructure...
Brazil
On 25 March, Brazil’s federal congress approved the national budget for this year...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released its latest quarterly inflation report, in which it revises up its forecast for inflation...
Central America & Caribbean
On 25 March José Daniel Ferrer, the Cuban leader of dissident group Unión Patriótica de Cuba (Unpacu), tweeted that at least 62 Cuban activists were on hunger strike calling for an end to repression by the Cuban state...
* The Dominican Republic’s President Luis Abinader has announced a tourism initiative worth over US$1bn for the town of Miches, El Seibo province, which would include the construction of 4,551 hotel and residential rooms, with private investment...
Mexico
On 25 March the leaders of Mexico’s ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party in the federal congress accused the national electoral institute (INE) of being anti-Morena and opposed to the ‘fourth transformation’ national political project pursued by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released the latest figures for its global indicator of economic activity (Igae), which fell 5.4% in January 2021 compared with the same month in 2020...
Southern Cone
On 25 March, the Plenario Intersindical de Trabajadores-Convención Nacional de Trabajadores (PIT-CNT), Uruguay’s main umbrella workers’ union, called for the government of President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou to take more measures to help the population in the context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
*Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released its latest employment figures, which show that the national unemployment rate reached 11% in the fourth quarter of 2020...

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