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LatinNews Daily - 09 April 2021

Main Briefing
On 8 April, Ecuador’s presidential candidates, Andrés Arauz and Guillermo Lasso, held their final campaign rallies ahead of the run-off vote on 11 April...
Andean
* Colombia’s culture minister, Felipe Buitrago, has said that between 1 July 2020 and 31 March 2021 “fiscal efforts” to support the reactivation of the so-called 'orange economy' (creative and cultural sectors) amounted to Col$234bn (US$64m)...
Brazil
On 8 April, Luís Roberto Barroso, a judge on Brazil’s supreme court (STF), ordered that the federal senate launch an inquiry into the government led by President Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
* Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has sanctioned a law which opens up the national gas sector to private participation...
Central America & Caribbean
On 8 April El Salvador’s local media cited Ricardo Zuñiga, the new envoy for Central America named by US President Joe Biden, as saying that the US had requested a meeting with President Nayib Bukele during his visit to the country, but that this failed to materialise...
* Guatemala’s economy ministry has highlighted new figures from the central bank (Banguat), which show the country’s exports totalled US$1.09bn in January 2021, up 7.9% on the same month in 2020...
Mexico
On 8 April, relatives of people that have disappeared staged a protest march to the headquarters of Mexico’s executive victims’ commission (Ceav) complaining about the lack of support that they have received from the Ceav...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released the latest figures for the consumer price index (IPC), according to which monthly inflation totalled 0.83% in March...
Southern Cone
On 8 April Uruguay’s main left-wing opposition Frente Amplio (FA) coalition criticised the government’s handling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic amid surging cases...
* Argentina’s federal senate has given final approval to a new bill that modifies the Ley de Ganancias legislation on income tax charges...

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