LatinNews Daily - 11 October 2021

Main Briefing
On 10 October Paraguay’s ruling Asociación Nacional Republicana-Partido Colorado (ANR-PC) received the most votes in municipal elections, retaining control of the capital Asunción, but losing to opposition alliances in the country’s second and third largest cities, Ciudad del Este and Encarnación.... Read More
On 9 October, Peru’s new Prime Minister Mirtha Vásquez provoked the ire of the ruling far-left Perú Libre (PL) when she said that convening a constituent assembly to draft a new constitution is no longer a priority.... Read More
* Colombia’s deputy minister of foreign trade, Andrés Cárdenas, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Brazil’s foreign trade minister Lucas Ferraz, with the aim of increasing bilateral trade between the two countries.... Read More
On 8 October, Environment Minister Joaquim Pereira Leite said that Brazil would be a proactive participant at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) which will be held in Scotland from 31 October to 12 November.... Read More
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures for the consumer price index (IPCA), which show that monthly inflation reached 1.16% in September – the highest figure recorded for that month since 1994.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 8 October the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Honduras and local civil society groups expressed concern about new reforms approved by the 128-member unicameral national legislature the previous day.... Read More
* The Dominican Republic’s tourism minister, David Collado, has said that a total of 365,544 tourists visited the country in September – the highest figure for the month of September in the country’s history.... Read More
On 8 October Mexico and the US launched a Bicentennial Framework on Security, Public Health, and Safe Communities after a high-level security dialogue in Mexico City.... Read More
* Mexico’s peso traded at around M$20.71/US$1 at the close of day in local financial markets on 8 October, down from M$20.42/US$1 a week earlier.... Read More
Southern Cone
* Chile’s national statistics institute (INE) has released the latest figures for the consumer price index (IPC), which show that monthly inflation reached 1.2% in September, the highest figure for this month since 2008.... Read More
Washington Watch
Nicaragua: On 30 September, US Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, and 14 other senators addressed a bipartisan letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, calling for increased efforts to “urgently” secure the “immediate release of political prisoners”.... Read More

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