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LatinNews Daily - 23 July 2021

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On 22 July, Brazil’s defence minister Walter Souza Braga Netto denied reports that he had warned Arthur Lira, the government-aligned president of the chamber of deputies, that presidential elections would not take place next year if paper ballots had not been introduced. ..
Andean
On 22 July Colombia’s attorney general, Francisco Barbosa, said that 10 people had been arrested in relation to last month’s attacks against President Iván Duque and a military base near the Venezuelan border, and said that these were masterminded by a retired Colombian army captain who was also captured...
* A new law has been promulgated in Peru which enables those aged 65 and over but who have contributed to the national pension system (SNP) less than the minimum of 20 years required to qualify for a retirement pension, to receive a “special proportional pension” according to the state news agency Andina...
Brazil
* Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras has released its second quarter results, which show that its production of oil, natural gas, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) averaged 2.8m barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) in the second quarter of the year, a 1.1% increase on production in Q1 2021...
Central America & Caribbean
On 22 July the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed economic sanctions on Cuba’s defence minister, Gen...
* Costa Rica’s official export promotion agency (Procomer) has released new figures which show the country’s goods exports totalled US$7.1bn in the first half of 2021, up 26% on the same period last year...
Mexico
On 22 July Mexico’s national electoral institute (INE) fined the governor-elect of Nuevo León, Samuel García, and his leftist Movimiento Ciudadano (MC) for having received the support of an ‘influencer’, García’s wife Mariana Rodríguez, on social media in the 6 June elections...
* Mexico’s economy minister Tatiana Clouthier has met US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo in the US, where the two discussed bilateral issues including the importance of relaunching a high level economic dialogue to deepen bilateral economic relations...
Southern Cone
On 22 July, a report by Chile’s investigative police (PDI) highlighted a trend of rising violence in the country’s southern macrozone, where tensions run high between the indigenous Mapuche and the state...
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released new figures which show that the cost of a basic food basket (CBA) for a family of two adults and two children totalled Ar$28,413 (US$295) in June, a 3.6% rise month-on-month and 57.6% increase year-on-year...

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