LatinNews Daily - 25 June 2021

Main Briefing
On 24 June Peru’s attorney general’s office designated Víctor Rodríguez Monteza as its new representative at the national electoral court (JNE), after its previous representative, Luis Arce Córdova, was suspended for saying he would not take part in deliberations relating to the disputed 6 June presidential election, accusing the JNE of showing a “clear political bias”.... Read More
* Peru’s superintendency of banking, insurance, and private pensions (SBS) has released figures showing that the privately managed pension system (SPP) has remained stable despite the high uptake of individuals taking advtange of new legislation that allows them to withdraw funds from their pension early.... Read More
On 24 June, Ipec, a new Brazilian pollster, published its second opinion survey on President Jair Bolsonaro’s government, which showed tumbling approval levels.  ... Read More
* The Brazilian real has appreciated against the US dollar, closing the day at R$4.90/US$1 yesterday (24 June), its strongest point since 9 June 2020.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 24 June a local environmental NGO, Centro de Incidencia Ambiental (Ciam), presented a legislative bill calling for a moratorium on metallic mining in Panama.... Read More
* Costa Rica’s finance minister, Elian Villegas, and Fernando Quevedo, the representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Costa Rica, have signed two loans for budgetary support for a total of US$500m in order to strengthen fiscal sustainability, maintain macro-economic stability, and support sustainable economic recovery in Costa Rica.... Read More
On 24 June Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador rejected allegations that his government is spying on journalists.... Read More
* Mexico’s central bank (Banxico) has raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 4.25%.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 24 June Chile’s national congress approved President Sebastián Piñera’s request to extend the state of exception declared due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic for another 90 days.... Read More
*Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released the latest employment figures, which show that the national unemployment rate fell to 10.2% in the first quarter of 2021.... Read More

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