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LatinNews Daily - 01 June 2021

Main Briefing
On 31 May, Brazil's left-wing opposition Partido do Trabalhadores (PT) filed a complaint with the supreme court (STF), asking that the federal government be prevented from signing contracts to host the Copa América 2021 football tournament, as announced that same day...
Andean
On 31 May, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that it will visit Colombia from 8-10 June to evaluate allegations of human rights abuses during the ongoing anti-government protests...
* Colombia’s national statistics department (Dane) has released figures showing that unemployment stood at 15.1% in April, with 3.6m people out of work...
Brazil
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released its latest figures on the government’s fiscal results, according to which the public sector posted a R$24.3bn (US$4.66bn) primary surplus in April, the result of a R$16.3bn surplus in central government accounts, R$7bn surplus in state governments, and R$1bn surplus in state-owned companies...
Central America & Caribbean
On 31 May the local citizens’ group, Urnas Abiertas, released a report which highlighted an increase in electoral violence in Nicaragua ahead of the 7 November general election...
* The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a new report which predicts that Costa Rica’s GDP growth will recover gradually to 2.5% in 2021, supported by strong external demand from Costa Rica’s main trade partners...
Mexico
On 31 May the leader of Mexico’s ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party in the federal senate, Ricardo Monreal, said that the Morena senate bench has drafted a bill that will declare the “disappearance of powers” in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas...
* Mexico’s finance ministry (SHCP) has revised up its GDP growth forecast for this year to 6.5% from the previous 5.3%...
Southern Cone
On 29 May Senator Iván Moreira of the Unión Demócrata Independiente (UDI) party, the senior member in the centre-right Chile Vamos ruling coalition, said he would do everything possible to prevent the approval of legislative bill which would pardon, on humanitarian grounds, those detained for crimes committed during the 2019 social protests...
* The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its latest Economic Outlook report, in which it projects that Argentina’s GDP will grow 6.1% this year, having contracted by 9.9% in 2020 as a result of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...

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