LatinNews Daily - 02 August 2021

Main Briefing
On 1 August thousands marched in Peru’s capital, Lima, to protest the appointment of Guido Bellido as prime minister in the new government led by President Pedro Castillo, which is facing a string of early setbacks.... Read More
* Colombia’s central bank (Banrep) has announced an increase in its economic growth projection for the country in 2021 from 6.5% to 7.5%.... Read More
On 1 August, Brazilians took to the streets across the country to demonstrate in favour of President Jair Bolsonaro and for the adoption of printed votes in next year’s general election.... Read More
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released its latest figures on the country’s unemployment rate, which stood at 14.6% in the March-May rolling quarter.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 30 July students and academics at the state-run university Universidad de El Salvador (UES) commemorated the 46th anniversary of the massacre and disappearance of students by the armed forces.... Read More
* Panama’s economy & finance minister, Héctor Alexander, has presented the government’s proposed 2022 budget to the national assembly.... Read More
On 1 August, Mexico’s national electoral institute (INE) released the preliminary results from a popular consultation held that same day, on whether to investigate former political actors for potential wrongdoing, which showed that participation was in the single digits.... Read More
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released its latest figures on GDP growth in the country, which show that in real year-on-year terms, Mexico’s economy expanded by 7% in the first six months of 2021, and by 19.7% in the second quarter.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 1 August the Federación Argentina de la Magistratura y la Función Judicial (FAM), the national association of judges and judicial workers, issued a statement rejecting the suggestions by President Alberto Fernández to set term limits for the appointment of judges.... Read More
* Chile’s national statistics institute (INE) has announced that the country’s unemployment rate fell to 9.5% over the period of April-June 2021, the first time it has fallen below 10% since April 2020, shortly after the coronavirus (Covid-19) hit.... Read More
Washington Watch
Guatemala: On 27 July the US government announced that it was “temporarily pausing programmatic cooperation” with Guatemala’s attorney general’s office (AG) while it “conducts a review of our assistance to activities the attorney general leads”.... Read More

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