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LatinNews Daily - 20 October 2021

Main Briefing
On 19 October, Peru’s unicameral congress voted for the second time to approve a bill that limits the president’s power to declare a lack of confidence in the legislature and dissolve congress...
Andean
* Colombia’s national statistics department (Dane) has published the latest import figures, showing that the total value of imports in August was US$5.34bn...
Brazil
On 19 October, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro held a meeting with his Colombian peer Iván Duque in Brasília, during which seven agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were signed between the two countries...
* Brazil’s Agência Nacional do Petróleo (ANP) has released a statement denying that there is a short-term risk of fuel shortages in the country...
Central America & Caribbean
On 20 October hundreds of retired soldiers burst into congress after staging protests in Guatemala City...
* Cuba’s tourism minister, Juan Carlos García, has announced a series of measures to fully reopen the island to international tourism next month, after 18 months in which the sector was pummelled by reduced travel during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
Mexico
On 19 October Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, defended his role in building Line 12 of the Mexico City metro, after prosecutors charged 10 people and organisations with responsibility for a fatal accident on the line in May this year, which killed 26 people...
* The electricity sector reform promoted by Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has come under renewed criticism, after representatives from the mining and agricultural sectors separately warned of the reform’s negative impact on their industries...
Southern Cone
On 19 October the opposition-aligned Comisión Nacional por el Sí announced that Uruguay’s electoral court had validated around 450,000 out of the nearly 800,000 signatures submitted in support of a referendum on whether or not to repeal 135 articles contained in the Ley de Urgente Consideración (LUC) omnibus reform...
* The Argentine government led by President Alberto Fernández has confirmed that it has reached an agreement to freeze prices on a swathe of mass consumer products, in a bid to limit the impact of inflation on consumers...

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