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LatinNews Daily - 01 December 2021

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On 30 November, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro formally affiliated himself to the right-wing Partido Liberal (PL), one of the main parties in the bloc of broadly centre-right parties known as the ‘centrão’. ..
ANDEAN
On 30 November, Venezuela’s national electoral council (CNE) called for a re-run of the 21 November gubernatorial election in Barinas state, which was won by the opposition candidate Freddy Superlano...
* The director of Colombia’s national federation of coffee producers (FNC), Roberto Vélez Vallejo, has said that he expects the country to produce 13.5m sacks of coffee in 2022 (1 sack = 60kg), and for 12.5m of these sacks to be exported...
BRAZIL
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released its latest figures for unemployment, which show that the unemployment rate totalled 12.6% in the third quarter of the year...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
On 30 November, Guatemala’s attorney general’s office issued a second warrant for the arrest of former anti-corruption prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval...
* The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has published a report on food insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean, which revealed that Central American and Caribbean countries suffered the highest rates of malnutrition in 2020...
MEXICO
On 30 November, the head of Mexico’s public security ministry (SSPC), Rosa Icela Rodríguez, appeared before the federal chamber of deputies to defend the public security record of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government. ..
* Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Mexico’s state-owned oil company, has announced the creation of a new subsidiary for the commercialisation of oil, gas, and petrochemical products...
SOUTHERN CONE
In a narrow 65-62 vote with one abstention, Chile’s lower chamber of congress rejected a bill on 30 November to de-penalise abortion up to 14 weeks after conception, in what was seen as a victory for the country’s social conservatives...
* Chile’s national statistics institute (INE) has released the latest figures on unemployment, which dropped to 8.1% over the period of August-October...

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