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LatinNews Daily - 24 May 2021

Main Briefing
On 22 May Colombia’s high commissioner for peace, Miguel Ceballos, announced that he had submitted his resignation to President Iván Duque on 3 May...
Andean
* Peru’s national statistics institute (Inei) has released the latest GDP figures, showing that the economy grew by 3.8% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021, after contracting for four consecutive quarters...
Brazil
On 23 May, the president of Brazil’s national bar association (OAB), Felipe Santos Cruz, slammed a ‘bolsonarista’ motorcade led by President Jair Bolsonaro that same day as a “predictable spectacle of cowardly omission”...
* Brazilian meat packer Marfrig has purchased a 24.23% stake in BRF, the world’s largest poultry producer...
Central America & Caribbean
On 23 May hundreds of protesters took to the streets in the Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo, calling for abortion to be permitted in three circumstances – when a pregnancy is life-threatening, unviable, or the result of rape or incest...
* Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado has promulgated legislation passed last week by the national assembly, enacting Costa Rica’s accession to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)...
Mexico
On 21 May the director of the Americas division at international NGO Human Rights Watch, José Miguel Vivanco, warned that the criticisms of the Mexican judiciary by the head of Mexico’s navy ministry (Semar), Admiral José Rafael Ojeda, are “very dangerous”...
* The United Kingdom (UK) government has announced that it is to begin negotiations for an upgraded trade deal with Mexico this year, focused on “creating even greater opportunities for UK businesses in industries of the future such as digital, data and services”...
Southern Cone
On 22 May Uruguay’s interior minister Jorge Larrañaga died of a stroke...
* Brazilian meat packer, Marfrig, has asked the Argentine government to resume beef exports, following President Alberto Fernández’s decision to suspend them for 30 days in a bid to stabilise the domestic price of beef...
Washington Watch
Colombia: On 20 May international human rights NGO Amnesty International (AI) said that there is “verified visual evidence” that “[US] weapons and equipment are being misused to commit human rights violations against protesters in Colombia”...

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