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LatinNews Daily - 10 June 2021

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On 9 June, Keiko Fujimori, the contender of the right-wing Fuerza Popular party in the second round of Peru’s presidential election, filed a legal challenge as she seeks to prevent an imminent win by Pedro Castillo, of the far-left Perú Libre  party, who has already declared victory...
Andean
* Venezuela’s foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, has said that US$6bn of the country’s assets are frozen in foreign accounts as a result of international sanctions against the goverment led by Nicolás Maduro...
Brazil
On 9 June, Eduardo Paes, the mayor of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, called for a police force that “investigates more and kills less” after a shootout between police and suspected criminals claimed yet another innocent life in Rio...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures on the consumer price index (IPCA), which show that monthly inflation reached 0.83% in May, the highest figure for the month in 25 years...
Central America & Caribbean
On 9 June the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced new economic sanctions on Camila Ortega, the daughter of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega; Nicaragua's central bank (BCN) president, Ovidio Reyes; Edwin Castro, a national legislator; and Julio Rodríguez, a brigadier general in the army...
* Nicaragua’s central bank (BCN) has released new figures which show that the country’s GDP in the first quarter of 2021 grew 3.4% year-on-year...
Mexico
On 9 June Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that Finance Minister Arturo Herrera, a close ally, as his choice for new central bank (Banxico) governor...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has published its latest figures on the consumer price index, which show that monthly inflation rose 0.2% in May, reaching 5.89% for the year...
Southern Cone
On 9 June, the Chilean government demanded full respect for the agreement signed on 15 November 2019 over the process for drafting a new constitution...
* Tech giant, Google, has announced plans to construct a new submarine cable connecting the east coast of the US with Las Toninas in Argentina, with additional landings in Punta del Este in Uruguay and Praia Grande in Brazil...

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