LatinNews Daily - 14 September 2022

Main Briefing
On 13 September Ecuador’s minister of government, Francisco Jiménez, said that President Guillermo Lasso’s administration was hoping to “de-bureaucratise” the deployment of the armed forces to fight organised crime via an eight-question referendum, the details of which were revealed the previous day.... Read More
* The economic commissions of both chambers of Colombia’s congress have approved modifications to the 2023 national budget requested by President Gustavo Petro’s government.... Read More
On 13 September, a Brazilian indigenous leader, Victorino Sanches, was shot dead in Amambai city, Mato Grosso do Sul state, a region marked by conflicts between landowners and indigenous groups.... Read More
* Brazil’s national council of coffee exporters (Cecafé) has released its latest statistics for August, which show that although the country’s coffee exports continue to fall in volume, revenue from these exports has reached a new record.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 13 September the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) presented a new report on Nicaragua which observed a “further deterioration of the human rights situation” under the government led by President Daniel Ortega.... Read More
* Honduras’s leftist Partido Libertad y Refundación (Libre) government led by President Xiomara Castro has approved the 2023 budget proposal for L392bn (US$15.59bn), up 8% on the current L360bn.... Read More
On 13 September, protesters demanding justice for the victims of Mexico’s Ayotzinapa massacre vandalised an army post in Guerrero state.... Read More
* Mexico’s Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana (Coparmex), a private sector lobby group, has called on congress to carefully analyse and modify the government’s draft 2023 budget, which it states is based on “unrealistic” macroeconomic data.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 13 September, Chile’s right-wing opposition coalition Chile Vamos announced that it would not be attending the next scheduled meeting to discuss how to move forward with the constitutional reform process after voters roundly rejected a new draft constitution in a referendum on 4 September.  ... Read More
* Paraguay’s central bank (BCP) has released new figures which show that the country’s exports in the first eight months of 2022 totalled US$9.35bn, a 1.6% drop on the same period in 2021.... Read More

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