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LatinNews Daily - 15 April 2021

Main Briefing
On 14 April Haiti’s Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe resigned...
Andean
On 14 April, Bolivia’s President Luis Arce vowed that his government stands against corruption “no matter where it comes from”, after his rural development & land minister, Edwin Characayo Villegas, was filmed receiving a US$20,000 bribe...
* The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report downplaying the likelihood that the Colombian government will implement structural economic reforms before the country’s legislative and presidential elections in March 2022 and May 2022, respectively...
Brazil
On 14 April, the head of the federal police (PF) in Brazil’s northern Amazonas state filed a criminal notice against Environment Minister Ricardo Salles, accusing him of obstructing investigations into environmental crimes...
* The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has noted that Brazil needs to increase productivity, expand protection of those in need, and broaden economic opportunities for all if the country is to sustain strong growth, as it seeks to recover from the crisis caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Central America & Caribbean
* El Salvador’s central bank (BCR) has released new figures which show that the country’s exports in March totalled US$574.2m - the highest monthly export figure hitherto registered and up 8.5% on February 2021 and 30.7% on March 2020...
Mexico
On 14 April Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador accused the national electoral institute (INE) of “attacking democracy” by rejecting the gubernatorial candidacy of Félix ‘El Toro’ Salgado Macedonio...
* The bank BBVA México has noted that although Mexico’s economy will grow in 2021, it will not fully recover from the historic 8.2% GDP contraction in 2020 caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Southern Cone
On 14 April Chile’s deputy interior minister, Juan Francisco Galli, lamented the escalation of violence in the south of the country, following a recent series of violent attacks in the southern Biobío and La Araucanía Regions...
* Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez has announced the postponement of the bidding process for the construction of a bridge that would connect Paraguay’s Capitán Carmelo Peralta district, Alto Paraguay department, with Brazil’s Porto Murtinho, Mato Grosso do Sul state...

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