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LatinNews Daily - 05 May 2021

Main Briefing
On 4 May Colombia’s President Iván Duque made a wide-ranging invitation for dialogue, after seven days of increasingly violent protests against the government’s tax reform bill and police brutality...
Andean
* Peru’s President Francisco Sagasti has a issued an executive decree (010-2021) that authorises employees to withdraw 100% of the funds deposited in their respective unemployment insurance savings accounts (CTS) as an emergency measure to address any financial problems they may be facing due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Brazil
On 4 May, former health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta (2019-2020) testified before the parliamentary inquiry commission (CPI) in the Brazilian senate that is investigating the federal government’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
* Brazil’s economy ministry has released the latest balance of trade figures, according to which Brazil saw a US$10.35bn trade surplus in April – a 67.9% increase on the surplus recorded in April 2020, and the largest monthly surplus ever recorded since the start of the current series in 1997...
Central America & Caribbean
On 4 May Nicaragua’s 92-member unicameral national legislature approved electoral reforms and elected seven magistrates and three alternates to the supreme electoral council (CSE)...
* Costa Rica’s central bank (BCCR) has released a new report which raises Costa Rica’s GDP growth forecast for 2021 to 2.9%, up from 2.6%...
Mexico
On 4 May, the relatives of those killed and injured during the collapse the previous day of part of Línea 12 (L-12) of Mexico City’s metro demanded justice...
* Mexico’s undersecretary for foreign trade, Luz María de la Mora, has highlighted that Mexico remains the US’s number one trade partner...
Southern Cone
On 4 May Argentina’s supreme court (CSJN) ruled that the federal government cannot unilaterally order the closure of schools in the city of Buenos Aires (Caba)...
* Chile’s superintendence of pensions (SP) has informed that it has received over 4.3m requests for pension withdrawals up until 5:00pm local time yesterday (4 May), on the second day after the law authorising Chileans to make a third withdrawal of up to 10% from their privately-managed pension pots came into effect...

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