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LatinNews Daily - 27 October 2021

Main Briefing
On 26 October anti-government protests were held across Ecuador, with demonstrators expressing a broad array of grievances against President Guillermo Lasso’s administration...
Andean
* Peru’s main extractive industry lobby, the Sociedad Nacional de Minería, Petróleo y Energía (SNMPE), has reacted with alarm to comments by President Pedro Castillo in which he called on congress to nationalise the Camisea gas fields in the Cusco region...
Brazil
On 26 October, the senate-led commission of parliamentary inquiry (CPI) that has been investigating the Brazilian government’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic approved the conclusions and recommendations presented in its final report in a split 7-4 vote...
* Brazil’s labour & social security ministry has released the latest figures from the employment registry (Novo Caged), which show that 313,902 jobs were created in the formal sector in Brazil...
Central America & Caribbean
On 26 October the local and international media reported that Jimmy Chérizier, a former police officer-turned influential gang leader, had said he would guarantee the safe passage of fuel if Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry resigns...
* Panama’s national assembly has approved the state US$25.29bn budget for 2022, up 4% on the modified budget approved for 2021...
Mexico
On 26 October Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador accused the supreme court (SCJN) of “protecting corruption” and “a minority”...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released the results from its latest national employment survey (Enoe) which show that the unemployment rate reached 4.2% in September, corresponding to 2.4m people being unemployed...
Southern Cone
On 26 October, Chilean right-wing presidential candidate Sebastián Sichel condemned politicians who, he said, were seeking to “blackmail” him into adopting far-right positions...
* JetSmart, a low-cost airline headquartered in Chile, has announced that it will start running thrice-weekly flights between the Chilean capital Santiago and the Uruguayan capital Montevideo from 18 January 2022...

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