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LatinNews Daily - 17 May 2021

Main Briefing
The latest official preliminary results of the 15-16 May concurrent municipal, regional, and constituent convention elections released on 16 May showed that independent and radical leftist candidates will have clear majority in the constituent convention that will be tasked with drafting Chile’s new constitution...
Andean
On 16 May Olivia Lozano, the president of Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s parallel foreign affairs commission, warned that the ongoing conflict in Apure state risks spiralling into a “subregional conflict”...
* Colombia’s national statistics department (Dane) has reported that GDP rose by 1.1% in the first quarter of 2021 compared with the same period the previous year, representing the first year-on-year quarterly rise in GDP since the country’s coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic began in March 2020...
Brazil
On 15 May, the Brazilian press published the results of a Datafolha poll which shows that 49% of the population supports the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro...
* Joaquim Silva e Luna, the new CEO of Brazil’s state-owned oil firm Petrobras, has announced that under his leadership, the company will stand by the 2021-2025 strategic plan unveiled under his predecessor last year, which includes a programme of divestments, the plan to begin operation on 13 rigs in six different oil fields, and the objective of investing US$55bn over the next five years...
Central America & Caribbean
On 16 May Juan Julián Caballero, the director general of Havana’s provincial transport company, announced a reduction in bus services in Cuba’s capital...
* Costa Rica’s central bank (BCCR) has published its latest monthly economic activity index (IMAE), which showed a 3.9% year-on-year increase in March, up 10.2 percentage points on the same month in 2020...
Mexico
On 14 May Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador expressed regret at the murder of Abel Murrieta, a mayoral candidate in the north-western state of Sonora, and promised a thorough investigation to find the culprits...
* Three US companies have filed arbitration proceedings against the Mexican federal government before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)...
Southern Cone
* US internet giant Google, through its subsidiary Eleanor Applications, has acquired 30 hectares of land in a science park in Uruguay’s Canelones department, in order to continue expanding its Latin American data centres...
Washington Watch
Nicaragua: On 6 May the US Department of State issued a press release expressing “deep concern” that the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega has “rebuffed calls by its own citizens and the international community” – including the Organization of American States (OAS) – to “build confidence in the electoral process by passing meaningful reforms to enable a free and fair election in November”...

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