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LatinNews Daily - 12 April 2021

Main Briefing
On 11 April, Andrés Arauz conceded defeat in Ecuador’s presidential run-off election, held the same day, in the face of a clear lead for his rival, Guillermo Lasso...
Andean
* Bolivia’s deputy minister for trade and integration, Benjamín Blanco, has announced that Bolivian and Brazilian authorities have agreed to reopen a border transit route via Cobjia, the capital of Bolivia’s Pando department, between 5am and 10pm...
Brazil
On 9 April, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro accused supreme court (STF) justice, Luís Roberto Barroso, of “improper political militancy”...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures for the consumer price index (IPCA), according to which monthly inflation totalled 0.93% in March – the highest figure for that month since 2015...
Central America & Caribbean
On 10 April José Daniel Ferrer, the prominent leader of Cuban dissident group Unión Patriótica de Cuba (Unpacu), confirmed that he and other dissidents were calling off their hunger strike after 21 days...
* Costa Rica’s national statistics institute (Inec) has released new figures which show that the national unemployment rate for the December 2020-February 2021 rolling quarter was 18.5%...
Mexico
On 11 April Félix Salgado Macedonio, the gubernatorial candidate of Mexico’s ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party in Guerrero state, reiterated that if his candidacy is not approved by the national electoral institute (INE), “there will not be elections in Guerrero”...
* The Grupo Infra, a conglomerate specialised in the production and sale of industrial and medical gases, has opened a new plant in Ciudad Juárez, in Mexico's Chihuahua state. This plant, which involved a M$400m (US$19.9m) investment, will produce medical oxygen, nitrogen, and argon...
Southern Cone
On 9 April Chile’s political opposition urged the government to impose a strict lockdown in the country’s main urban centres to stop the transmission of the coronavirus (Covid-19) amid ever-rising cases and patient hospitalisations in order to avert a collapse of the health system...
* Argentina’s economy minister, Martín Guzmán, has begun an official visit to Europe where he will meet with various countries to discuss renegotiating Argentina’s debts with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Paris Club group of creditor nations...
Washington Watch
Argentina: On 2 April US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a phone call with his Argentine counterpart, Felipe Solá...

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