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LatinNews Daily - 08 June 2021

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On 7 June Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s minister in charge of elections, announced the postponement of a referendum on a new draft constitution scheduled for 27 June...
Andean
On 7 June, Keiko Fujimori, the candidate of the right-wing Fuerza Popular party, in Peru's presidential run-off election, alleged fraud as her rival, Pedro Castillo, of the far-left Perú Libre party, pulled ahead in the vote count...
* Bolivia’s deputy minister of foreign trade and integration, Benjamín Blanco, has announced that Bolivia registered a trade surplus of US$453m betweeen January and April, which he said represented a recovery from the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Brazil
On 7 June, the Tribunal de Contas da União (TCU), Brazil’s financial ombudsman, denied that it had produced a report on the over-reporting of deaths from coronavirus (Covid-19), as claimed by President Jair Bolsonaro that same day. ..
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released its latest Focus bulletin, a weekly survey of economists and analysts, in which the GDP forecast for the year has been revised up by 0.4 percentage points compared with the previous issue a week earlier...
Central America & Caribbean
* Following a bilateral meeting in Guatemala with the country’s President Alejandro Giammattei, US Vice President Kamala Harris has announced various agreements...
Mexico
On 7 June Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador argued that his left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) had not suffered a defeat in the midterm federal congressional elections held on the previous day, as maintained by the political opposition...
*Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show that gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) fell by 4.9% in the first quarter of 2021 compared with the same period in 2020...
Southern Cone
On 7 June Paraguay’s public ministry announced that it will open a criminal investigation into allegations that the government led by President Mario Abdo Benítez has acted negligently in dealing with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
* Chile’s central bank (BCCh) has released the latest figures on the country’s trade flows, which show that exports totalled US$7.9bn in the month of May, while imports totalled US$6.6bn, leaving Chile with a US$1.3bn trade surplus last month...

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