LatinNews Daily - 01 June 2022

Main Briefing
On 31 May, the Colombian pollster Centro Nacional de Consultoría (CNC) published a survey showing populist presidential candidate Rodolfo Hernández (Liga de Gobernantes Anticorrupción) leading his left-wing rival Gustavo Petro (Pacto Histórico) by 41%-39%, in the first poll of this election cycle to show Petro outside of pole position.... Read More
*Peru’s foreign trade & tourism minister, Roberto Sánchez has announced that 514,000 international tourists visited Peru in the first five months of 2022, an increase of 688.1% on the same period in 2021, which was affected by the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.... Read More
On 31 May Brazil’s former leftist president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2011), who is seeking a comeback in the October elections, blasted Brazilian bankers as heartless and profit-hungry and said he would only talk to the financial market when he is interested.... Read More
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest employment figures, revealing an unemployment rate of 10.5% in the rolling quarter ending in April.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 31 May the media reported that Bernard Saint-Vil, a senior magistrate in Haiti, had named a local judge, Walther Wesser Voltaire, to oversee the investigation into the July 2021 murder of former president Jovenel Moïse (2017-2021).... Read More
* Costa Rica’s national social security institute (CCSS) has reported a new cyberattack which has reportedly forced it to deactivate its digital record-keeping system, affecting the country’s hospitals and clinics.... Read More
On 31 May, tensions escalated between Mexico’s ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party and opposition Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) over leaked audio recordings.... Read More
*The Latin American centre for monetary studies (Cemla), an organisation grouping the main central banks of Latin America and the Caribbean, has released new figures which show that 4.9m homes and 11.1m adults in Mexico receive remittances from family members living abroad, with the monthly average received per person at US$337.... Read More
Southern Cone
In a radio interview broadcast on 31 May, Argentina’s energy secretary, Darío Martínez, said the highly strategic Néstor Kirchner gas pipeline project was progressing according to timetable, despite the resignation a day earlier of the top official in charge.... Read More
* Argentina’s government led by President Alberto Fernández has reached an agreement to postpone the repayment of US$2bn that Argentina owes the Paris Club of creditors.... Read More
Publishing note
Due to a public holiday, there will be no LatinNews Daily on Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June. The next issue will be published on Monday 6 June.... Read More

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