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LatinNews Daily - 19 April 2021

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In brief: New Petrobras head confirmed in Brazil

* Joaquim Silva e Luna, a retired four-star general, has been confirmed as the new CEO of Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras. Silva e Luna, who was nominated by President Jair Bolsonaro following the dismissal of his predecessor, Roberto Castello Branco, over disagreements with fuel prices in February, had his appointment confirmed by the company’s executive board on 16 April. Silva e Luna previously headed the Brazilian side of the Itaipú binational hydroelectric dam and served as defence minister (2018-2019) under former president Michel Temer (2016-2019). The board has also confirmed the appointment of four new directors and the reappointment of a further three directors.