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LatinNews Daily - 19 May 2021

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On 18 May protests took place in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, and elsewhere in rejection of a referendum on Haiti’s constitution which is scheduled for 27 June, and calling for President Jovenel Moïse to step down...
Andean
On 18 May the Segunda Marquetalia, a dissident unit of the disbanded Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrilla group, confirmed that its commander, Seuxis Pausias Hernández (‘Jesús Santrich’), had been killed in Venezuela...
* Peru’s ministry of economy and finance (MEF) has announced that it has signed off on loans for over US$340m from the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to finance highway infrastructure projects...
Brazil
On 18 May, while speaking before the Brazilian senate inquiry commission (CPI) which is investigating the government led by President Jair Bolsonaro’s mishandling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, former foreign minister Ernesto Araújo (2019-2021) sought to distance himself from any responsibility for potential mistakes committed by the foreign ministry on his watch, instead pointing the finger at the health ministry.  ..
* Brazil’s secretariat of political economy (SPE) at the economy ministry has released the May issue of its macro-fiscal bulletin, in which it has revised up its GDP growth forecast for the year to 3.5%, up from 3.2% previously...
Central America & Caribbean
* El Salvador’s 84-member unicameral national legislature has approved a cooperation agreement signed by El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele and the Chinese government back in 2019...
Mexico
On 18 May, Mexico’s economy minister, Tatiana Clouthier, cited “energy” as one of the areas of concern raised by US Trade Representative Katherine Tai in bilateral talks, but denied that the US had aired concerns over Mexico’s investment climate. ..
* Mexico’s national council for the evaluation of social development policy (Coneval), a government body, has released a new report which estimates the number of working poor people – individuals that are in work but whose income falls below the poverty line – has increased by 4.9m in the first quarter of the year to 50.4m...
Southern Cone
On 18 May the Argentine government led by President Alberto Fernández ordered the suspension of all beef exports from the country for 30 days to try to stabilise the price of beef in the internal market...
* Chile’s central bank (BCCh) has released new figures which show the country’s GDP grew 0.3% in the first quarter of 2021 compared with the same period in 2020...

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