LatinNews Daily - 05 August 2021

Main Briefing
On 4 August, Ecuador’s powerful umbrella indigenous association, Conaie, demanded a string of reforms from President Guillermo Lasso and warned that protests would be staged if the government does not reintroduce petrol fuel price controls within six days.... Read More
Andean
* Colombia’s national federation of coffee producers (FNC) has announced that production is “returning to normal” after major disruption caused by the blockading of transit routes by anti-government protesters in May and June.... Read More
Brazil
On 4 August, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro threatened to act “outside” of the constitution in reaction to a decision by supreme court (STF) Justice Alexandre de Moraes to investigate the president over the spreading of fake news.... Read More
* The monetary policy committee (Copom) of Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has raised the benchmark interest rate (Selic) by 100 basis points to 5.25%.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 4 August Nicaraguan authorities arrested another candidate registered to compete in November’s presidential elections.... Read More
* Guatemala has attracted a total of US$710m in foreign direct investment (FDI) over the first seven months of 2021, according to a statement released by the economy ministry’s national competitiveness programme (Pronacom).... Read More
Mexico
On 4 August the president of Mexico’s federal electoral tribunal (TEPJF), José Luis Vargas, denounced the impeachment vote held against him that same day by his fellow TEPJF magistrates as a “coup d’état” that breaks the constitutional order.... Read More
* The Mexican branch of the BBVA bank has published a report showing that Millennials played a “fundamental role” in the re-activation of Mexico’s economy during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 4 August, Chilean authorities oversaw the deportation on a chartered flight of 77 migrants, bringing the total number of migrants expelled from Chile this year to 547.... Read More
* Uruguay’s national statistics institute (INE) has released the latest figures for the consumer price index (IPC), which show that monthly inflation totalled 0.52% in July.... Read More

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