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LatinNews Daily - 07 June 2021

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The latest official preliminary results from Mexico’s midterm federal legislative elections released on 7 June project that the leftist ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party and its allies will retain a simple majority in the 500-seat federal chamber of deputies but that this will be narrower, with Morena and its allies unable to reach a qualified two-third majority in the new legislature...
Andean
Official preliminary results from Peru's 6 June presidential run-off election gave Keiko Fujimori, the candidate of the right-wing Fuerza Popular party, a narrow lead over  Pedro Castillo, the candidate of the far-left Perú Libre party, although the race remains too close to call...
* Colombia’s national statistics department (Dane) has released the latest figures for the consumer price index (IPC), which showed a 1% rise in inflation in May compared to the previous month...
Brazil
On 6 June, authorities in the state of Amazonas in northern Brazil said they had arrested 14 people in relation to a series of attacks on public property carried out the previous night, understood to be retaliation from a drug trafficking organisation (DTO) for the death of one of its members.  ..
* Two former presidents of Brazil (and erstwhile rivals), Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2003) and Lula da Silva (2003-2011), have released a joint statement in which they side with the position of Argentina vis-à-vis the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) trade bloc’s common external tariff (CET)...
Central America & Caribbean
On 4 June President Nayib Bukele announced that El Salvador was ending its September 2019 agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS) which established the International Commission against Impunity in El Salvador (Cicies)...
* El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has announced plans to send a bill to congress, in which the ruling Nuevas Ideas party has a majority, to make the cryptocurrency Bitcoin legal tender in El Salvador...
Mexico
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show that 241,442 cars were produced in May, up 956% on the same month in 2020...
Southern Cone
On 4 June, the president of the opposition Propuesta Republicana (PRO) party in Argentina, Patricia Bullrich, presented the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) with a report outlining irregularities in the government’s national coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination plan.  ..
* Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera has promulgated a law expanding until September the universal emergency family income (IFE) scheme set up to help vulnerable families in the context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Washington Watch
Colombia: On 28 May US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Colombia’s Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez at the US Department of State headquarters in Washington DC...

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