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LatinNews Daily - 15 April 2021

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In brief: Paraguay’s Abdo Benítez postpones key construction project

* 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. Abdo Benítez said that the decision had been taken in order to reassign the funds (US$30m) for the project to the health ministry in order to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. He added that discussions regarding the bidding process would resume at the end of June/beginning of July, with the possibility of delaying it further until 2022 if all of the funds ended up being used.