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LatinNews Daily - 26 April 2021

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On 25 April Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera announced that he would be sending to congress a new bill that would allow individuals to make a third early withdrawal from their pension pots to help alleviate the financial pressure on households resulting from the economic crisis produced by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Andean
On 23 April, one soldier was killed and four others injured in an attack that Colombia’s military blamed on the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group...
* Peru's President Francisco Sagasti has promulgated a law authorising employees in the formal sector to withdraw up to 100% of their unemployment insurance savings (CTS), following the unicameral legislature vote on 31 March to approve such withdrawals...
Brazil
On 25 April, the chief-of-staff in Brazil’s government, retired general Luiz Eduardo Ramos, announced that the government has been working on strategies for population testing and urban mobility as part of a healthcare plan to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. ..
* Brazil’s Economy Minister Paulo Guedes has defended the flexibilisation of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) regional trade bloc, notably of its rules for member states to individually negotiate bilateral trade deals...
Central America & Caribbean
On 23 April Liduvina Escobar, a commissioner of El Salvador’s national public information access agency (IAIP), said the executive led by President Nayib Bukele had suspended her from the post...
* Nicaragua’s central bank (BCN) has released its latest monthly economic activity index (Imae) which showed a 0.1% increase in January 2021 compared with the previous month and a 0.5% increase compared with January 2020...
Mexico
On 23 April Mexico’s lower chamber of congress approved a judicial reform, which included the extension of the term of the incumbent president of the supreme court (SCJN), Arturo Zaldívar, by two years...
* Mexico's Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE), a business lobby, has expressed “great worry” with the government’s new energy policy, which it is pushing forward in spite of strong concerns in the private sector...
Southern Cone
* Paraguay’s industry minister, Luis Alberto Castiglioni, has announced that a project whereby electric vehicles made with South Korean technology would be manufactured in Paraguay would begin in 2022...
Washington Watch
Brazil: On 16 April John Kerry, US President Joe Biden’s Special Envoy for Climate, tweeted that the recommitment by Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro to “eliminating illegal deforestation is important”...

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