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LatinNews Daily - 05 July 2021

Main Briefing
On 3 July, massive anti-government protests were held across Brazil on the same day that the supreme court (STF) authorised an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro’s alleged knowledge of apparent corruption in a deal to procure coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines...
Andean
On 4 July Keiko Fujimori, the presidential candidate of the right-wing Fuerza Popular party in Peru’s 6 June presidential run-off election, called on the national electoral court (JNE) not to declare Pedro Castillo, her run-off rival from the left-wing Perú Libre party, the winner of the election following the emergence of new allegations of illegal campaign financing at Perú Libre...
*Colombia’s national statistics institute (Dane) has released new figures on exports which show these totaled US$3.097bn in May 2021, up 39.4% on May 2020...
Brazil
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released figures showing that the country’s industrial sector continues to recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, with industrial production in May increasing by 1.4% compared with the previous month and by 24% year-on-year...
Central America & Caribbean
On 2 July El Salvador’s right-wing opposition Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena) party issued a statement accusing President Nayib Bukele of seeking to distract public attention from “acts of corruption” by the Nuevas Ideas (NI) government...
* El Salvador’s national minimum wage council, which comprises representatives from the government, workers and the private sector, has approved the proposal by the executive led by President Nayib Bukele to increase the national minimum wage by 20% as of August this year...
Mexico
On 3 July the Mexican government announced that a court had lifted a suspension of the electricity reform pushed through congress by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Analysis:..
* Mexico’s state-owned oil company, Pemex, has reported a gas leak in a submarine gas duct located 150m from the Satélite KU-C platform located off the coast of the state of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico...
Southern Cone
On 4 July some members of Chile’s new 155-member constituent convention initially refused to participate in its inauguration, resulting in a delayed start...
*Paraguay’s central bank (BCP) has released the latest consumer price index (IPC) figures, which show that the monthly inflation rate stood at 0.4% in June compared to 0.6% in May, bringing accumulated inflation in the first quarter of the year to 1.5%...
Washington Watch
Colombia: On 28 June, US President Joe Biden spoke with his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque, to express his government’s support following the 25 June armed attack on a Colombian army helicopter in which Duque was travelling, and to discuss security cooperation and Colombia’s efforts to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...

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