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LatinNews Daily - 04 October 2021

Main Briefing
On 3 October Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera denied any wrongdoing after the publication of the Pandora Papers, a massive international leak of transactions in tax havens, which appeared to show he had profited from, and avoided taxes on, the offshore sale of a major iron and copper mine...
Andean
On 1 October Peru’s head of the judiciary, attorney general, comptroller general, and human rights ombudsman wrote to President Pedro Castillo seeking an “urgent” meeting to discuss “mounting political instability”...
* Venezuela’s government has carried out the monetary reconversion announced on 5 August, knocking six zeroes off the currency which has been rebranded as the Bolívar Digital (formerly the Bolívar Soberano)...
Brazil
On 2 October, protests were held across Brazil against President Jair Bolsonaro...
* Brazil’s economy ministry has released the latest figures on the country’s balance of trade, which show that Brazil recorded a US$4.32bn trade surplus in September, a 15% decrease on the trade surplus recorded a year earlier...
Central America & Caribbean
On 2 October Haiti’s national police (PNd’H) reported that Exil Michelet, a PNd’H officer, had been shot dead in crossfire between armed gangs which took place the previous day in the gang-controlled Port-au-Prince neighbourhood of Martissant...
* Honduras’s central bank (BCH) has released its latest inflation figures which show that the monthly inflation rate for September was 0.45%, up from 0.32% registered in August...
Mexico
On 1 October Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sent a constitutional reform initiative related to the electricity sector to congress...
* Private sector economists consulted by Mexico’s central bank (Banxico) have raised their forecast for Mexico’s GDP growth in 2021 to 6.15%...
Southern Cone
* Chile’s central bank (BCCh) has released the latest figures for its monthly index of economic activity (Imacec), which serves as a proxy for GDP...
Washington Watch
Brazil: On 21-25 September Admiral Craig Faller, the commander of the US Southern Command (Southcom), paid a visit to Brazil where he met military leaders to discuss the cooperative defence ties between Brazil and the US...

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