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LatinNews Daily - 04 June 2021

Main Briefing
On 3 June, campaigning closed ahead of Peru’s 6 June presidential run-off election between Pedro Castillo of the far-left Perú Libre party and Keiko Fujimori, of the right-wing Fuerza Popular party. ..
Andean
* Roadblocks erected amid the ongoing anti-government protests in Colombia have cost the economy between Col$4.8trn (US$1.31bn) and Col$6.1trn, according to a study by the Fundación para la Educación Superior y el Desarrollo (Fedesarrollo) think-tank...
Brazil
On 3 June, the Brazilian army announced that it would not be punishing active-duty general and former health minister, Eduardo Pazuello (2020-2021), for taking part in a political rally alongside President Jair Bolsonaro...
* Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has said that “we have the problem of the worst water crisis in the history of Brazil”, implying this could affect the country’s energy supply...
Central America & Caribbean
On 3 June 11 civil society groups from Central America’s ‘Northern Triangle’ (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador) launched a joint regional anti-corruption initiative, Centro contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad en el Norte de Centroamérica (CCINOC)...
* Costa Rica’s national statistics institute (Inec) has released new figures which show that the national unemployment rate for the February-April 2021 rolling quarter was 17.5%, an improvement on the 18.7% unemployment rate registered for the January-March 2021 rolling quarter...
Mexico
On 3 June US President Joe Biden issued a memorandum in which he reiterates that his administration sees corruption as a threat to US national security and that it is committed to fighting it at “home and abroad”...
* The Centro de Investigación y Competitividad Turística Anáhuac (Cicotur), a local think-tank focused on tourism sector research, has said that it expects Mexico’s foreign tourism sector to recover faster than the global average from the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Southern Cone
On 3 June, a group of left-wing opposition lawmakers in Chile’s chamber of deputies presented a bill allowing for the complete withdrawal of pension funds, one day after Deputy Jorge Alessandri, a member of the ruling right-of-centre Chile Vamos coalition, said he was thinking of presenting such an initiative. ..
* A new report published by Fundación Mediterránea/Instituto de Estudios sobre la Realidad Argentina y Latinoamericana (IERAL), a local think-tank, warns that Argentina’s GDP could shrink 2.5% in the second quarter of 2021 compared with the first quarter (in seasonally-adjusted terms) as a result of restrictions imposed in recent weeks in response to a strong second wave of the coronavirus (Covid-19) infections...

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