LatinNews Daily - 22 September 2022

Main Briefing
On 21 September, Colombia’s minister for agriculture and rural development, Cecilia López, announced the first phase of the government’s agrarian reform.... Read More
* Peru’s government, led by President Pedro Castillo, has agreed to launch a dialogue process to resolve a dispute over the planned expansion of the Antapaccay copper mine in the southern region of Cusco.... Read More
On 21 September, leftist Latin American political and cultural figures published an open letter asking candidate Ciro Gomes, of the left-wing Partido Democrático Trabalhista (PDT), to drop out of Brazil’s 2 October presidential race and support former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2011), the current frontrunner.... Read More
*Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has decided to keep the country’s benchmark interest rate unchanged, at 13.75%, after 12 consecutive rate hikes.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 21 September thousands of people staged protests in Guatemala’s capital, Guatemala City, which were organised by a leading indigenous organisation, Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (Codeca), and called for the resignations of President Alejandro Giammattei and Attorney General María Consuelo Porras.... Read More
*Honduras’s central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show that the country’s exports in the first seven months of 2022 totalled US$3.93bn, up 25.6% on the same period in 2022, mainly due to dynamism in the manufacturing industry and agriculture activities.... Read More
On 21 September, Mexico’s senate suspended its vote on a constitutional reform that would extend the army’s involvement in public security tasks, when it became clear that the reform would not receive the supermajority backing needed for it to pass.... Read More
* The US has announced it is providing almost US$200m to Mexico, along with countries in Central America, in humanitarian assistance through international organisations and NGO partners in the region.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 21 September Chile’s President Gabriel Boric tweeted “all of his support and solidarity” to his former chief advisor Lucía Dammert, whom he said was the “victim of a smear campaign”.... Read More
* Argentina’s economy ministry has announced that the country posted a primary fiscal deficit of Ar$210.05bn (US$1.45bn) in August 2022, compared with Ar$124.84bn in the same month of 2021 and Ar$75.95bn in July.... Read More

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