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LatinNews Daily - 23 August 2021

Main Briefing
On 22 August hundreds of protesters marched in rejection of Peru’s new President Pedro Castillo, who continues to face strong criticism for his ministerial appointments despite a new attempt to moderate his cabinet...
Andean
* Venezuelan NGO, Convite, has published a survey of elderly people in the states of Apure, Guárico, Mérida, Trujillo, and Zulia, which found that 86.9% of respondents live in poverty, while 94% lack the income to cover their expenses on medicines, food and transport...
Brazil
On 20 August Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro formally asked the federal senate to open impeachment proceedings against supreme court (STF) magistrate, Alexandre de Moraes. Analysis:..
* Domestic tourism in Brazil has declined in the first six months of 2021 compared to the same period last year, according to the tourism council at the Federação do Comércio de Bens, Serviços e Turismo do Estado de São Paulo (FecomercioSP) business association...
Central America & Caribbean
On 20 August the US Department of State imposed visa restrictions on 19 Nicaraguan election officials and political party officials aligned with the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by President Daniel Ortega...
* Honduras’s central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show that foreign debt (public and private) totalled US$11bn as of June 2021...
Mexico
On 20 August the Mexican government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sought formal consultations with the US over the rules of origin requirements for the automotive industry set out in the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on regional trade...
* Mexico’s national council for the evaluation of social development policy (Coneval), a government body, has released a new report that states that the number of workers living below the poverty line (working poor people) has decreased in the second quarter of the year compared with the first quarter...
Southern Cone
On 20 August Uruguay’s tourism minister, Germán Cardoso, resigned...
*Argentina’s energy secretariat has announced that the country broke its unconventional natural gas production record in July with 64.9m cubic metres of the fuel produced per day in the month, a 17.3% year-on-year increase...
Washington Watch
Cuba: On 19 August the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (Ofac) sanctioned three Cuban military and public security leaders...

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