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LatinNews Daily - 14 May 2021

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On 12 May the official campaign period ahead of Chile’s 15-16 May concurrent municipal, regional, and constituent convention elections closed...
Andean
On 13 May, opposition senator, Iván Cepeda Castro, announced that, along with social organisations and NGOs, he had filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague accusing the Colombian government of “crimes against humanity” for its recent repression of protesters...
* Ecuador’s state-owned oil company, Petroecuador, has announced that its production has recovered and is now above 400,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed)...
Brazil
On 13 May, Brazilian pollster Datafolha published the results of its latest opinion poll, which show that President Jair Bolsonaro’s approval ratings have fallen to their lowest level yet...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the latest figures for its monthly indicator of economic activity (IBC-Br), a proxy for GDP, according to which economic activity contracted by 1.59% in March compared with February...
Central America & Caribbean
On 13 May more than 200 social organisations signed a statement criticising a decision by Guatemala’s constitutional court the previous day to uphold a reform approved by congress in February 2020 subjecting non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to much stricter regulation...
* Cuba’s agricultural ministry (Minag) has reported that the agricultural sector lost over US$330m between April and December 2020, blaming economic sanctions by the US and the economic turmoil resulting from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Mexico
On 13 May, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared that his government “has nothing to hide” in response to accusations that he is seeking to interfere in the electoral process in the state of Nuevo León, ahead of the 6 June federal midterm congressional and state gubernatorial elections. ..
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released its latest figures on the country’s tourism GDP, which expanded 7.7% in the final quarter of 2020 compared with the previous three months...
Southern Cone
* Uruguay’s economy & finance ministry (MEF) has reported that the country has placed US$1.6bn worth of a new 10-year peso-denominated sovereign bond in the international markets and raised an additional US$574m from the reopening of a US dollar-denominated bond that also matures in 2031...

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