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LatinNews Daily - 27 April 2021

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In brief: Paraguay to use funds from binational dams to tackle pandemic

* Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez has sanctioned a law to allow the socio-environmental funds from the two binational hydroelectric dams which Paraguay shares with Brazil (Itaipú) and Argentina (Yacyretá) to be used in the fight against the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Abdo Benítez had carefully weighed up signing off on the bill, presented by the opposition and approved by congress last week, amid concerns that it might affect the social programmes funded by these resources and go against the international treaties that regulate the binational entities. “After a political and legal analysis, the president of the Republic has promulgated the law which establishes the use of...the social funds for the purchase of [medical] supplies, biosecurity materials, improvement of hospital infrastructure, and also social protection”, Hernán Huttemann, the government's chief-of-staff, announced. Huttemann also assured that no social programmes would be affected by this decision. The regulation of the law is now under discussion with the legal teams of the Itaipú and Yacyretá dams.