LatinNews Daily - 13 August 2021

Main Briefing
On 12 August, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro became the target of yet another investigation led by the supreme court (STF) and related to his frequent attacks on the country’s electoral system, after Justice Alexandre de Moraes admitted a criminal-notice filed by the supreme electoral court (TSE).... Read More
On 12 August Mexico’s foreign ministry announced that a dialogue process between Venezuela’s de facto government and opposition will get underway in Mexico City today (13 August).... Read More
* Ecuador’s tax authority (SRI) has announced that it collected US$1.1bn in taxes during the month of July, a figure which represents a 25% increase on the tax take a year earlier, in July 2020.... Read More
* The Confederação Nacional do Comércio de Bens, Serviços e Turismo (CNC), Brazil’s commerce and tourism industry association, has noted that the situaiton in the tourism is improving, but that the sector’s earnings are still 22.8% below what they were in February 2020 – before the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic hit – and it is expected to recover more slowly than the services sector as a whole.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 12 August civil society activists and lawyers criticised aspects of a constitutional reform proposal outlined the previous day by El Salvador’s Vice President Félix Ulloa in a local radio interview.... Read More
* Costa Rica’s tourism institute (ICT), a government body, has announced that 149,915 international tourists visited Costa Rica in July via air, the highest monthly figure since the gradual reopening in August 2020 of Costa Rica’s air borders, which had been closed to stem the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).... Read More
On 12 August Mexico’s education minister, Delfina Gómez, said that the return to in-person education, which has been suspended due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, will resume on 30 August as previously planned.... Read More
* Mexico’s central bank (Banxico) has raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 4.50%.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 12 August the national leadership of Argentina’s main opposition coalition, Juntos por el Cambio (JxC), called for President Alberto Fernández to face impeachment proceedings in congress for breaking the rules imposed by his own administration to stop the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).... Read More
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released new figures for the consumer price index (IPC), which show that inflation rose by 3% in July compared with June.... Read More

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