LatinNews Daily - 17 June 2022

Main Briefing
Colombians will head to the polls on 19 June to vote in the presidential run-off between Gustavo Petro, representing the left-wing Pacto Histórico coalition, and the populist Rodolfo Hernández, of the Liga de Gobernantes Anticorrupción.... Read More
Andean
* Venezuela’s central bank (BCV) has announced that monthly inflation in May was 6.5%, up from 4.4% in April.... Read More
Brazil
On 16 June, Arthur Lira, the government-aligned president of Brazil’s chamber of deputies, took to Twitter to attack the state-controlled oil company Petrobras, accusing it of behaving like an “enemy of Brazil”.... Read More
* The Netherlands’ ministry of defence has confirmed that the country has put in an order for five C-390 military cargo planes manufactured by Brazilian aerospace giant Embraer.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
On 16 June Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei presented a ‘national emergency plan’, amounting to Q6.74bn (US$872m), as part of the government’s attempt to mitigate the economic impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.... Read More
* Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo vetoed a piece of legislation (Ley 697) that seeks to incorporate the use of cryptocurrency into the national constitution.... Read More
Mexico
On 16 June, Mexico’s federal attorney general’s office (FGR) announced it had issued three arrest warrants against former public security minister Genaro García Luna (2006-2012), who is currently being prosecuted in the US over suspected links to drug trafficking organisations (DTOs).... Read More
* Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has met with two major business groups, the Consejo Mexicano de Negocios (CMN) and the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE), in Mexico City (CDMX) to discuss the economy, private investment, and his upcoming meeting with US President Joe Biden in Washington in July.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 16 June a hostelry belonging to family members of Fuad Chahín, a delegate in Chile’s constituent assembly, was destroyed during an arson attack in the southern region of La Araucanía, the epicentre of the Mapuche conflict. Analysis:... Read More
* Uruguay’s public sector workers’ union, the Confederación de Organizaciones de Funcionarios del Estado (COFE) and federation of public health officials (FFSP) have called a strike over salary cuts and poor working conditions.... Read More

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