LatinNews Daily - 06 August 2021

Main Briefing
On 5 August, a special committee in Brazil’s federal chamber of deputies rejected a constitutional reform proposal (PEC 135/19) which would introduce printed receipts as part of the country’s electronic voting system.... Read More
On 5 August clashes took place in Bolivia's capital La Paz, where protesters denounced the decision by the attorney general’s office to close an investigation into alleged fraud in the disputed 2019 presidential election.... Read More
* Venezuela’s central bank (BCV) has announced a new monetary reconversion that will see six zeroes taken off the nominal value of the national currency, the bolívar, as the country struggles to rein in hyperinflation.... Read More
* The Conselho Empresarial Brasil China (CEBC), an independent bilateral institution which promotes dialogue between Brazilian and Chinese businesses, has published a study which shows that confirmed Chinese investments in Brazil totalled US$66.1bn between 2007 and 2020, accounting for 47% of China’s investments in South America during that period.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 5 August Guatemalan indigenous organisations orchestrated fresh protests expressing opposition to the government led by President Alejandro Giammattei and demanding his resignation, along with that of the attorney general, María Consuelo Porras. Analysis:... Read More
* Costa Rica’s national statistics institute (Inec) has released its latest figures on unemployment, which show that the unemployment rate totalled 18.1% in the April-June rolling quarter.... Read More
On 5 August Mexico’s deputy health minister, Hugo López-Gatell, announced that in-person education will resume this month despite the country being on the ‘red’ coronavirus (Covid-19) alert level, indicating maximum risk.... Read More
* Mexico’s national council for the evaluation of social development policy (Coneval) has released its latest report on multidimensional poverty, which shows that the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic led to 3.8m people falling into poverty.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 5 August a federal prosecutor, Ramiro González, announced the opening of a formal investigation into allegations that Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández broke some of the social isolation rules set by his own administration to contain the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).... Read More
* Argentina’s economy minister, Martín Guzmán, has said that the country’s economy has started to “recover and at a faster pace than the other countries in the region” from its economic crisis that predates the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but which was exacerbated by it.... Read More

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