LatinNews Daily - 22 November 2022

Main Briefing
On 21 November, peace talks were formally launched between Colombia’s government and the country’s largest guerrilla group, the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN).... Read More
* Bolivia’s economy and finance minister, Marcelo Montenegro, has announced that the government led by President Luis Arce is expecting GDP growth of 4.86% in 2023, down from its forecast of 5.1% growth in 2022.... Read More
On 21 November, Gleisi Hoffmann, the president of Brazil’s Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), of leftist president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, said that Lula does not intend to name any cabinet members this week.... Read More
*Brazilian energy company Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel) announced that the state of Paraná, which owns a controlling stake in the group, plans to sell most of its shares.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 21 November the Dominican media cited private sector lobbies as criticising recent remarks by the US embassy in Santo Domingo, accusing Dominican authorities of cracking down on Haitian migrants.... Read More
*Nicaragua’s government led by President Daniel Ortega and Russia’s state atomic energy corporation Rosatom have signed a roadmap for establishing a dialogue in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.... Read More
On 21 November, the Compañía de Jesús Jesuit organisation in Mexico issued a statement lamenting that no progress had been made five months on from the killing of two Jesuit priests in Chihuahua state. ... Read More
*Mexican conglomerate Grupo México, which along with Spanish multinational Acciona is carrying out the construction of southern part of line 5 of the Tren Maya railway initiative, has released a statement saying that due to the “technical impossibility of carrying out the project in 11 months and handing it over by July 2023”, it has ended the contract early.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 21 November, Paraguay’s supreme court (CSJ) granted an indefinite leave of absence to its president, Antonio Fretes, in the midst of a scandal engulfing his son, Amílcar Fretes.... Read More
* The Chilean lorry drivers’ union Confederación Gremial de Transportistas Fuerza del Norte (CGTFN) has launched an indefinite strike in the north of the country, in protest at high fuel prices and insecurity faced by lorry drivers.... Read More

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