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LatinNews Daily - 30 November 2021

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Chile’s Education Minister Raúl Figueroa triggered political controversy on 29 November after publicly endorsing the far-right candidate, José Antonio Kast, in the second ballot of the presidential race due on 19 December...
ANDEAN
On 29 November, Peru’s comptroller general and attorney general’s office opened preliminary investigations into unofficial meetings between President Pedro Castillo and business representatives regarding infrastructure projects...
* Bolivia’s Hydrocarbons & Energy Minister Franklin Molina has announced that the government will invest US$400m in hydrocarbon exploration and extraction projects in 2022, as part of its ‘Upstream Reactivation Plan 2021-2025’...
BRAZIL
On 29 November, both Brazil’s federal chamber of deputies and the senate approved a resolution outlining new rules for the allocation of the so-called ‘secret budget’, discretionary spending within the national budget which is reserved for lawmakers. ..
* The Instituto Brasileiro de Economia (Ibre) at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) university has released a series of indicators which show that confidence in Brazil’s economic outlook is falling...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
On 29 November, the third-placed candidate in the presidential elections in Honduras, Yani Rosenthal, recognised the victory of Xiomara Castro...
* Guatemala’s ministry of energy and mining (MEM) has introduced a subsidy for the purchase of propane gas, which will come into force tomorrow (1 December)...
MEXICO
On 29 November, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador rejected claims recently made in an investigative report that his sons have been benefiting from his government’s ‘Sembrando Vida’ tree-planting initiative. ..
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures from its national employment survey (Enoe) which show that the unemployment rate in October stood at 3.9%, a figure that is unchanged from the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September...
SOUTHERN CONE
* The World Bank (WB) has published a report highlighting the economic impacts of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on Argentina’s population...

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