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LatinNews Daily - 20 April 2021

Main Briefing
On 19 April the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego García-Sayán, expressed serious concerns about the refusal by Guatemala’s congress to swear in judge Gloria Porras, who was recently reappointed to the constitutional court (CC)...
Andean
On 19 April the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), a US-based press advocacy group, denounced Venezuela’s supreme court (TSJ) for ordering national daily, El Nacional, to pay over US$13m in “moral damages” to Diosdado Cabello, the vice president of the ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV)...
* Colombia’s finance ministry has issued US$3bn in global bonds, including the country’s first 20-year bond in US dollars, in a process which attracted “high demand from international investors”, according to a ministerial statement...
Brazil
On 19 April, press freedom NGO Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) published its annual press freedom ranking, in which Brazil has slipped four places and now finds itself in the second worst category of RSF’s ranking...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the latest figures for the monthly index of economic activity (IBC-Br), which serves as a preview of GDP growth, according to which economic activity expanded 1.70% in February compared with January...
Central America & Caribbean
* Honduras’s central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show foreign debt (public and private) totalled US$10.7bn as of February 2021...
Mexico
On 19 April Mexico’s national electoral institute (INE) issued a ruling against President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for contravening electoral law by flagging up his government’s achievements during the campaign for midterm federal and state legislative and gubernatorial elections...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released is latest preliminary indicator of economic activity (IOAE), which estimates that productive activity fell by 2.1% in March compared to the same month in 2020...
Southern Cone
On 19 April Argentina’s supreme court (CSJN) declared itself competent to rule on the constitutional complaint filed by the Buenos Aires City (Caba) municipal government against a presidential decree ordering the temporary closure of public schools...
* Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera has announced changes to the emergency family income (IFE) benefit, set up to help vulnerable families in the context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which will make the aid more easily and widely available...

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