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LatinNews Daily - 17 September 2021

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On 16 September Argentina’s post-primary political crisis intensified after Vice President Cristina Fernández published an incendiary open letter to President Alberto Fernández.  ..
Andean
On 16 September Peru’s unicameral national congress approved a bill to limit the president’s power to declare a vote of no confidence and dissolve the legislature...
* Bolivia’s national statistics institute (INE) has published its global index of economic activity (Igae) for the hydrocarbons sector, which grew by 14.8% from January-June 2021 compared with the same period in 2020...
Brazil
On 16 September, Brazil’s federal health ministry backtracked on previous recommendations and said that it advises against giving the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine to teenagers who do not have underlying health conditions...
* Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has issued a decree which temporarily raises the tax on financial operations (IOF)...
Central America & Caribbean
On 16 September The Bahamas’ Prime Minister Hubert Minnis (Free National Movement) conceded defeat to Philip ‘Brave’ Davis of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) following the general election held that day...
* The Central American development bank (BCIE) has announced that it has approved US$750,000 with South Korea under the South Korea-BCIE Single Donor Trust Fund (KTF), which will go on strengthening trade relations between the Asian country and Central America...
Mexico
On 16 September Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador heaped praise on Cuba for its endurance and urged the US government led by President Joe Biden to “lift the blockade” on the country...
* The Mexican state has won an arbitration case against French firm Eutelsat...
Southern Cone
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released its latest report on the country’s balance of payments, which reveals that gross external debt was estimated at US$269.16bn as of 30 June this year...

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