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LatinNews Daily - 18 June 2021

Main Briefing
On 17 June, the Plenario Intersindical de Trabajadores - Convención Nacional de Trabajadores (Pit-Cnt), Uruguay’s umbrella union, staged a 24-hour national strike and demonstration in the country’s capital in protest at the government’s economic policies...
Andean
On 17 June Lourdes Flores, a high-profile supporter of Keiko Fujimori, the candidate for the right-wing Fuerza Popular (FP) party, in Peru’s 6 June presidential  run-off, said the next government would lack legitimacy unless the national electoral court (JNE) examines all of the allegedly fraudulent ballots highlighted by FP..
* Local think-tank, Fedesarrollo, has increased its prediction of GDP growth for Colombia in 2021 from 4.8% to 7.2%...
Brazil
On 17 June, the Brazilian senate approved a presidential decree which lays out the conditions for the privatisation of the government-controlled electricity company, Eletrobras...
* The Instituto Aço Brasil, the Brazilian association of steel producers, has released its latest figures on the sector’s performance, according to which steel production in 2021 so far has reached record levels...
Central America & Caribbean
On 17 June Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado ordered public works & transport (MOPT) minister, Rodolfo Méndez, to authorise an intervention in the national road council (Conavi), a government agency responsible for extending and maintaining the country’s road network, “as soon as possible”...
* Cuba’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodríguez, has put the cost of the US embargo on Cuba between April 2019 and December 2020 at US$9.16bn, bringing the total over the past six decades to US$147.85bn...
Mexico
On 17 June Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN) ruled that the state must comply with all of the measures recommended by the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED). Analysis:..
* The Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico’s state-owned electricity company, has announced major investments towards electricity generation and strengthening power transmission lines across the country...
Southern Cone
* The International Institute for Management Development (IMD), a Swiss-based business school, has released its latest world competitiveness ranking which showed that Chile has fallen to 44th place this year, down from 38 the previous year...

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