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LatinNews Daily - 21 June 2021

Main Briefing
On 19 June, thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to protest against President Jair Bolsonaro and his government’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, on the same day that Brazil’s death toll from Covid-19 exceeded 500,000...
Andean
On 18 June Peru’s President Francisco Sagasti denounced a letter from retired military personnel that called on the army not to recognise Pedro Castillo, the presidential candidate of the far-left Perú Libre party, as president should he emerge as the victor in the disputed 6 June run-off vote against the right-wing Fuerza Popular candidate, Keiko Fujimori...
* Ecuador’s state-owned oil company, Petroecuador, has announced that it has begun preparations for the drilling of 11 new production wells in the Amazon area, which will begin in the second half of 2021...
Brazil
* The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released its World Investment Report 2021, which shows that foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to Brazil fell more than the regional and global average last year, as the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic led investments to fall by a third globally...
Central America & Caribbean
On 18 June El Salvador’s environment minister, Fernando López, presented a draft legislative bill on the management of water resources to the president of the legislative assembly, Ernesto Castro...
* The Central American development bank (BCIE) has signed a new US$245.8m loan with El Salvador’s government for the execution of a new highway project for the Los Chorros section of the Pan-American Highway, aimed at solving traffic congestion...
Mexico
On 19 June the Mexican government announced the suspension of in-school learning in Mexico City (CDMX) just 12 days after children returned to class due to an increase in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases. Analysis: ..
* The mayor of Mexico City (CDMX), Claudia Sheinbaum, has said in a press conference that she had been in touch with the construction companies that built the CDMX Línea 12 (L12) metro line, which collapsed last month, regarding plans to hold a series of technical meetings...
Southern Cone
On 20 June Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera announced that the constituent convention that has been elected to draft a new constitution will hold its inaugural session on 4 July...
* US automobile manufacturer General Motors (GM) and Argentina’s state-owned oil firm, YPF, have signed an agreement to extend their strategic alliance, which began in 2005, until 2023...
Washington Watch
Mexico: On 9 June US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and US Secretary of Labour Marty Walsh announced that the US has asked Mexico to review whether workers at the Tridonex automotive parts factory in the Mexican city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, are being denied the rights of free association and collective bargaining...

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