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LatinNews Daily - 27 May 2021

Main Briefing
On 26 May Colombia’s state-owned oil company, Ecopetrol, warned that protesters’ blocking of access roads to the country’s largest oil refinery could lead to fuel shortages...
Andean
* Peruvian public prosecutor Luis Huerta has lodged an appeal with the constitutional court (TC) against a bill approved by congress that orders the government to repay people and companies who contributed to the national housing fund (Fonavi) for the losses they suffered after the fund was deactivated in 1998...
Brazil
On 26 May, Brazilian unions and social movements staged a protest in front of the congressional building in the capital Brasília, notably demanding more aid from the government in the context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the latest figures for the external sector, which show that the country saw a record current account surplus in April...
Central America & Caribbean
Today, 27 May, new restrictions take effect in the Dominican Republic’s Greater Santo Domingo metropolitan area (GSM) which, among other things, extend an existing curfew...
* The Dominican Republic’s central bank (BCRD) has revealed preliminary figures which show that the country’s monthly indicator of economic activity (Imae) posted an unprecedented 47.1% increase year-on-year in April, the third month of positive year-on-year economic activity since the start of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in March 2020...
Mexico
On 26 May the Organization of American States (OAS) issued a statement in which it expressed its “deep concerns over the incidents of violence that have occurred in different parts of [Mexico] in the context of the electoral process”...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released its latest data on GDP, according to which the economy expanded 0.8% in the first quarter of the year, compared with Q4 2020...
Southern Cone
On 26 May political opposition leaders in Argentina accused the government led by President Alberto Fernández of being “an accomplice” to the violation of human rights in Venezuela...
* Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera has announced the extension of the emergency financial aid that the government has been providing to households and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that have seen their incomes affected due to the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...

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