LatinNews Daily - 26 July 2021

Main Briefing
On 24 July hundreds of people took to the streets in Guatemala City calling for the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei and the head of the attorney general’s office (AG), María Consuelo Porras.... Read More
On 23 July, Colombia’s supreme court for administrative affairs suspended a presidential decree that had authorised the military to assist in the policing of recent anti-government protests.... Read More
* Colombia and Switzerland have announced the second phase of their 2016 ‘Colombia + Competitiva’ (C+C) bilateral agreement, which aims to promote sustainable growth in Colombia in four sectors: cocoa, coffee, tourism, and natural ingredients.... Read More
On 24 July, thousands of Brazilians took to the streets in cities across the country to protest against the federal government’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and call for President Jair Bolsonaro’s impeachment.... Read More
* The Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (Ipea), a government-led research institution in Brazil, has reported that the value of exports in the agricultural sector increased 20.9% in the first six months of 2021, compared with the same period in 2020.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
* Nicaragua’s central bank (BCN) has released its latest monthly economic activity index (Imae) which showed a 0.4% increase in May 2021 compared with the previous month and a 5.4% increase compared with May 2020.... Read More
On 24 July Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador described Cuba as an “example of resistance” in its ability to stand up to the US.... Read More
* Tax evasion in Mexico added up to M$1.4trn (US$69.8bn) last year, equivalent to 6 % of GDP, according to a report by Mexican accounting firm Fixat accessed by Spanish newswire EFE.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 23 July the president of Chile’s senate, Yasna Provoste, announced her bid to become the presidential candidate of the Unidad Constituyente (UC) centre-left opposition coalition in the November general election.... Read More
* The Unión de Gremios de la Producción (UGP), an umbrella organisation that represents Paraguay’s agribusiness sector, has highlighted that the country’s agricultural performance was the strongest in the region last year, according to figures in a report published earlier this month by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac).... Read More
Washington Watch
Haiti: On 22 July the US Department of State announced that Daniel Foote, a former deputy chief of mission in Haiti (2011-2012), would serve as its Special Envoy for Haiti.... Read More

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