LatinNews Daily - 08 June 2022

Main Briefing
On 7 June a Guatemalan judge, Sergio Mena, ordered the trial of Virginia Laparra, the top prosecutor for the attorney general’s (AG) special unit against corruption (Feci) in Quetzaltenango department, for abuse of authority.... Read More
On 7 June Ecuador’s national assembly approved a bill regulating the ‘legitimate and exceptional use of force’ by the police, the armed forces, and prison guards to guarantee citizen security.... Read More
*Bolivia’s energy minister, Franklin Molina, has announced that the government led by President Luis Arce has excluded two companies from the shortlist of eight competing foreign firms seeking to extract Bolivia’s vast lithium resources.... Read More
On 7 June, the Brazilian real fell against the US dollar in reaction to fiscal concerns sparked by measures to reign in fuel prices announced by President Jair Bolsonaro the previous day. ... Read More
* Brazil’s national association of vehicle producers (Anfavea) has released figures showing a slight improvement to the automobile sector: vehicle production totalled 205,900 units in May, the first time this year that monthly production levels have exceeded the 200,000 mark.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
*US Vice President Kamala Harris has announced over US$1.9bn in new private sector commitments to create economic opportunity in northern Central America.... Read More
On 7 June, a migrant caravan, believed to be one of the largest the region has seen, reached Huixtla municipality in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas where caravan organisers hope to reach an agreement with migration authorities.... Read More
* Mexico’s finance minister, Rogelio Ramírez de la O, has stated that it was “hard work” to bring about the recovery of the country’s economy to levels seen before the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 7 June Uruguay’s interior minister, Luis Alberto Heber, was summoned to the senate to answer questions regarding the country’s rising crime rate and insisted that the situation was under control.... Read More
* Chile’s central bank (BCCh) has raised the country’s benchmark interest rate from 8.25% to 9.0% in response to mounting inflation.... Read More

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