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LatinNews Daily - 08 October 2021

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On 7 October, Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso agreed to appear in front of the national assembly’s tax commission to answer questions relating to his use of offshore tax havens, which was revealed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)’s ‘Pandora Papers’ investigation...
Andean
* Peru’s nuevo sol has stabilised against the US dollar following President Pedro Castillo’s cabinet reshuffle on 6 October, which saw the far-left Prime Minister Guido Bellido replaced by the moderate-left Mirtha Vásquez and a number of other controversial ministers removed...
Brazil
On 7 October, Brazil’s national oil agency (ANP) held its 17th bidding round for oil and gas exploration and production blocks, during which just five of the 92 blocks on offer received bids...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released new forecasts for the 2021 harvest of grains, cereals, legumes and oilseeds: these have been revised down by 0.3% compared with the previous estimates released a month earlier...
Central America & Caribbean
On 7 October Nicaraguan opposition group Unidad Nacional Azul y Blanco (Unab) and other organisations slammed the 7 November general elections as “illegitimate” and urged the Organization of America States (OAS) to suspend Nicaragua from the hemispheric body...
* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded a virtual mission to Costa Rica on the first review of the country’s economic programme supported by a US$1.76bn three-year arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) which was approved by Costa Rica’s legislature in July...
Mexico
On 7 October three vehicles were set ablaze and five people injured during several violent attacks in the Pacific coastal city of Acapulco, in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released its latest figures on the national consumer price index (INPC), which show that monthly inflation stood at 0.63% in September...
Southern Cone
On 7 October an appeals court dismissed a court case alleging that Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernández (who was president from 2007-2015) covered up Iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community centre in central Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people...
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released its latest figures on industrial manufacturing and construction, which show that both activities grew year-on-year in August but contracted compared with the previous month...

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