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LatinNews Daily - 26 May 2021

Main Briefing
On 25 May Honduras’s 128-member unicameral national legislature approved new electoral legislation (LEH)...
Andean
On 25 May Ecuador’s new president, Guillermo Lasso, met with a delegation from the US as he seeks to improve bilateral relations between the two countries...
* Bolivia’s economy and finance minister, Marcelo Montenegro, has announced that economic activity in the country increased by approximately 5.3% from January-April 2021...
Brazil
On 25 May, the Brazilian society of virology (SBV) confirmed the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in the state of São Paulo, naming it P.4...
* The Companhia Nacional de Abastecimento (Conab), the logistics arm of Brazil’s agriculture ministry (Mapa), has released the results of its second survey of the 2021 coffee harvest, which confirm that Brazil’s coffee production is set to fall this year...
Central America & Caribbean
* El Salvador’s 84-member unicameral national legislature has approved a new bill creating a fund for “food security and the rescue of the agriculture sector” - in line with a proposal by the government led by President Nayib Bukele...
Mexico
On 25 May the Mexican government said that the review of the country’s civil aviation safety standards conducted by the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contained a series of “omissions” that led to Mexico’s safety rating being downgraded to ‘Category 2’..
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show that the country’s exports in April totalled US$40.77bn, up 75.6% on April 2020, while imports totalled US$39.3bn, up 48.4% on the same month in 2020...
Southern Cone
On 25 May, Uruguay’s new interior minister, Luis Alberto Heber, promised to continue the work of his deceased predecessor, Jorge Larrañaga...
*The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released a concluding statement following a virtual staff mission to Uruguay...

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