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LatinNews Daily - 21 July 2021

Main Briefing
On 20 July Ariel Henry was sworn-in as Haiti’s new prime minister...
Andean
On 20 July Colombia’s President Iván Duque opened a new parliamentary session with a call to end “chaos and hatred”, as the country’s independence day was marked with the resumption of nationwide anti-government protests...
* Bolivia’s economy and finance minister, Marcelo Montenegro, has announced that construction and mining are driving the recovery of the country’s economy, which contracted by 8% in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Brazil
On 20 July, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Twitter that he has informed the senate of his intention to re-nominate the federal attorney general, Augusto Aras, for a second term. ..
* Camilo Santana, the governor of the state of Ceará in the Brazilian Northeast, has announced the launch of the construction of a desalination plant in the state’s capital, Fortaleza, which will be Brazil’s largest sea water desalination plant...
Central America & Caribbean
* Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado has welcomed congress’s final approval of a US$1.78bn loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the country to address the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Mexico
On 20 July Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador responded to the findings of an investigation by a collaboration of international media outlets revealing that the administration of his predecessor Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) spied on him and thousands of others through the spyware Pegasus...
* A survey of experts carried out by Citibanamex, the Mexican unit of Citigroup Inc, has increased its 2021 GDP growth forecast for Mexico to 6%, up from 5.9% in a previous survey published on 6 July...
Southern Cone
On 20 July, Chile’s health minister Enrique Paris appeared before the chamber of deputies to be questioned over the government led by President Sebastián Piñera’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
* Argentina has recorded a primary fiscal deficit of Ar$153.2bn (US$1.59bn) in June 2021 according to a finance ministry statement, a decrease of 39.6% on the same month in 2020...

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