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LatinNews Daily - 09 August 2021

Main Briefing
On 7 August two deputy interior ministers tendered their resignations citing disagreement with changes undertaken in the national police force (PNP) by the government led by President Pedro Castillo, while the executive president of Peru’s social security institute (EsSalud) resigned denouncing political persecution...
Andean
* Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodríguez has announced the end of import tariff exemptions on 597 finished goods “that may be affecting national production”...
Brazil
On 6 August, the president of Brazil’s federal chamber of deputies, Arthur Lira, confirmed that an electoral reform proposal would be voted upon by the chamber’s plenary despite having been rejected at committee-level...
* Brazil’s national association of automobile manufacturers (Anfavea) has announced that vehicle production fell for the second month running in July, bringing the stock of vehicles in factories and dealerships to the lowest level in two decades...
Central America & Caribbean
On 6 August Nicaragua’s supreme electoral council (CSE) cancelled the legal status of opposition party Ciudadanos por la Libertad (CxL)...
* The Cuban government has approved legislative decrees creating micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) in what is the latest major reform of the Cuban economy...
Mexico
On 6 August the president of Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN), Arturo Zaldívar, announced that he would conclude his term as planned at the end of next year, despite a controversial decision by the federal legislature to extend it until 2024...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show that gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) in construction and machinery in May this year was 47.2% higher, in real terms, than during the same month last year...
Southern Cone
On 7 August Un Solo Uruguay (USU), a movement of Uruguayan agricultural producers, announced the launch of a new protest campaign in rejection of the increase in domestic petrol prices approved by the government...
* Chile’s transport and telecommunications minister, Gloria Hutt, and the deputy secretary for telecommunications, Francisco Moreno, have officially launched Starlink satellite internet services in the locality of Sotomó in the southern Los Lagos Region...
Washington Watch
Cuba: On 30 July US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the US has imposed economic and diplomatic sanctions on Cuba’s national police (PNR) and the PNR’s director and deputy director, Oscar Callejas Valcárcel and Eddy Sierra Arias, over the Cuban government’s repressive response to recent public protests...

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