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LatinNews Daily - 29 September 2021

Main Briefing
On 28 September at least 37 people were injured during protests in Mexico City (CDMX) calling for abortion to be decriminalised in Mexico, while thousands marched across Latin America calling for abortion laws in their countries to be relaxed...
Andean
On 28 September a national strike took place in Colombia, with protests held across the country to demand the approval of ten trade union-backed bills in congress...
* Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has announced that he has approved nearly €31m (US$36.2m) in funding to complete suspended infrastructure projects that were launched by the Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht, which in 2015 was found to be running a pan-continental bribery racket...
Brazil
On 28 September, Brazil’s Foreign Minister Carlos França had a phone call with his Argentine counterpart, Santiago Cafiero, during which the two men discussed the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) regional trade bloc...
* Brazil’s economy ministry has released the latest figures on the government’s primary deficit, which show that the central government recorded a primary deficit of R$9.9bn (US$1.82bn) in August this year, a 90.6% reduction on the R$96.1bn primary deficit recorded in real terms in August 2020...
Central America & Caribbean
On 28 September the Central American judges’ association, Federación Centroamericana de Jueces por la Democracia (Fecajud), accused El Salvador’s supreme court (CSJ) of violating the principle of “labour stability and judicial independence” as well as “arbitrary, prepotent and abusive actions”...
* Honduras’ central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show the country’s GDP grew 2.9% in the second quarter of 2021 compared with the previous quarter...
Mexico
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released the results from its latest national employment survey (Enoe) which show that the unemployment rate reached 4.3% in August, corresponding to 2.5m people being unemployed...
Southern Cone
On 28 September the Chilean chamber of deputies approved a bill allowing citizens to make a fourth voluntary withdrawal of up to 10% of their private pension funds, despite the opposition of the right-wing administration of President Sebastián Piñera...
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released the latest figures for its monthly indicator of economic activity (Emae), which show that economic activity expanded 0.8% in July compared with June, the second positive monthly result after the Emae registered contractions from February to May...

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