LatinNews Daily - 03 January 2023

Main Briefing
On 1 January Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was sworn in as Brazil’s new president. ... Read More
On 31 December, Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro announced that his government had agreed a six-month ceasefire with the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group, dissident offshoots of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc), and the Clan del Golfo drug trafficking organisation (DTO).... Read More
* Anti-government protesters in Bolivia’s eastern department of Santa Cruz have blocked highways and clashed with police in protest at the arrest on 28 December of the department’s governor and leader of the right-wing opposition party Creemos, Luis Fernando Camacho.... Read More
* Brazil’s economy ministry has announced that the country registered a trade surplus of US$62.3bn in 2022, representing an increase of 1.5% on 2021’s trade surplus and the highest figure since records began in 1989.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 1 January Haiti’s caretaker prime minister, Ariel Henry, confirmed the formation of a high transition council (HCT), tasked with ensuring that conditions are in place for elections.... Read More
*Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo has announced that the government had presented the text of a “final contract” to Canada’s First Quantum Minerals (FQM), which owns the major copper mine Cobre Panamá via its subsidiary Minera Panamá (MPSA).... Read More
On 2 January, the attorney general’s office (FGE) in Mexico’s Chihuahua state announced that 17 people had been killed during an attack on a state prison in Ciudad Juárez the previous day.... Read More
* Mexico’s central bank (Banxico) has released new figures which show that remittances to Mexico totalled US$4.8bn in November 2022, a 3% increase year-on-year.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 2 January Argentina’s centre right Juntos por el Cambio (JxC) opposition coalition rejected an attempt by President Alberto Fernández to impeach all four supreme court (CSJN) members.... Read More
* Chile’s monthly minimum wage has risen to Cl$410,000 (US$482), an increase of Cl$10,000.... Read More

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