LatinNews Daily - 30 July 2021

Main Briefing
On 29 July thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Guatemala’s capital, Guatemala City, and across the country calling for the resignations of President Alejandro Giammattei and the head of the attorney general’s office (AG), María Consuelo Porras.... Read More
On 29 July, Peru’s centrist Partido Morado called on congress to reject the nomination of President Pedro Castillo’s prime minister, the far-left Guido Bellido.... Read More
*The Bolivian government and the state-owned hydrocarbons company, Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), have presented a plan to capture US$1.4bn in foreign direct investment (FDI) with the aim of developing 17 exploration projects in 2021 and 2022.... Read More
On 29 July, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro accused the supreme court (STF) of having “committed a crime” by authorising state governors and mayors to take measures to contain the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.... Read More
* Brazil’s economy ministry has released the latest figures from the national employment registry (Novo Caged), which show that 309,114 jobs were created in the formal sector in June, with positive formal job creation registered across all sectors of the economy and geographical regions.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
* The governor of the Dominican Republic’s central bank (BCRD), Héctor Valdez Albizu, has said that the bank is revising up GDP growth forecasts for the Dominican Republic for 2021 to between 9% and 10%, up from 8%-9% previously.... Read More
On 29 July the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) demanded that the Mexican government fully investigate the human rights violations against journalist, Lydia Cacho.... Read More
* Mexico’s state-owned electricity firm, Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), has informed that the mass power outage which affected some 5m Mexicans in February this year had cost the company M$65bn (US$3.27bn).... Read More
Southern Cone
On 29 July the Paraguayan authorities reported that three soldiers had been killed in a bomb attack, which they attributed to the Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo (EPP) insurgent guerrilla group.... Read More
* The Centro de Estudios de la Realidad Económica y Social (Ceres), a Uruguayan independent research centre, has released figures showing that Uruguay’s economy is on a trajectory of recovery from the crisis caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.... Read More

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