LatinNews Daily - 16 June 2022

MAIN BRIEFING
On 15 June a Peruvian court began hearing an appeal from President Pedro Castillo’s legal team, which is calling for the investigation into him by the attorney general’s office (AG) to be abandoned on constitutional grounds.... Read More
ANDEAN
* Colombia’s national statistics department (Dane) has released the latest figures on industrial production, which increased by 9.1% in April compared to the same month in 2021.... Read More
BRAZIL
On 15 June, Brazil’s federal police (PF) confirmed that human remains had been found in the ongoing search for British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, who went missing in a remote region of the western Amazon on 5 June. ... Read More
* The monetary policy committee (Copom) in Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has raised interest rates by 50 basis points.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Costa Rica’s President Rodrigo Chaves is facing widespread criticism after announcing on 14 June that he was nearly doubling the salaries of his cabinet ministers and deputy ministers.... Read More
* Cuba’s sugar industry is in a state of crisis as the state-owned sugar company Azcuba will fall short of production targets agreed with international importers.... Read More
MEXICO
On 15 June, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denounced violence that had erupted in San Cristóbal de las Casas, the second-largest city and ‘cultural capital’ of Chiapas state, the previous day.... Read More
* Mexico’s mining, metal, and steel workers’ union (SNTMMSSRM) has launched a strike at a plant run by key local steel producer ArcelorMittal México in Michoacán state, after failing to reach an agreement with the company, which is part of the Luxembourg-headquartered multinational ArcelorMittal.... Read More
SOUTHERN CONE
Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez announced on 15 June that he will seek the leadership of the ruling Asociación Nacional Republicana-Partido Colorado (ANR-PC) in the party primaries due to be held on 18 December.... Read More
* Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández has sworn in Daniel Scioli as the country’s new productive development minister.... Read More

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