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LatinNews Daily - 04 May 2021

Main Briefing
On 3 May, the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) condemned the 1 May decision by El Salvador’s new legislature to dismiss all five members of the supreme court’s constitutional chamber (SC) and the attorney general (AG), Raúl Melara...
Andean
On 3 May Colombia’s finance minister, Alberto Carrasquilla Barrera, resigned following the withdrawal of the government’s tax reform bill...
* Peru’s economy & finance minister, Waldo Mendoza, has announced the government’s economic forecast for 2021-2024, which predicts a strong recovery after a tumultuous year that saw annual GDP fall by 11.1% in 2020 on account of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Brazil
On 30 April, a court in Brazil unanimously voted to impeach Wilson Witzel, the suspended governor of Rio de Janeiro state, over fraudulent public contracts in the context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. ..
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures on unemployment, according to which the unemployment rate stood at 14.4% in the December 2020-February 2021 rolling quarter...
Central America & Caribbean
* Honduras’s Universidad Nacional Autónoma (Unah), has released a new study which shows that poverty in Honduras increased to 70% of the population in 2020, up 10.7 percentage points on 2019 as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the tropical storms 'Eta' and 'Iota' which made landfall in November 2020...
Mexico
On 3 May President Andrés Manuel López Obrador called for Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN) to intervene and resolve the clash between the federal and Tamaulipas state legislatures over the lifting of the immunity of Tamaulipas governor, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released preliminary figures which show that the country’s GDP contracted by 3.8% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021...
Southern Cone
On 3 May Paraguayan senator Mirta Gusinky tendered her resignation after it emerged that she was vaccinated against the coronavirus (Covid-19) ahead of time for her age group. Analysis:..
* Chile’s central bank (BCCh) has released the latest figures for its monthly index of economic activity (Imacec), which saw a 6.4% year-on-year variation in March...

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