LatinNews Daily - 12 January 2023

On 11 January Chile’s chamber of deputies voted by 109 to 37 votes, with two abstentions, to approve the new constitutional reform process which will take place during 2023.... Read More
On 11 January, the main Bolivian opposition party Comunidad Ciudadana (CC) wrote to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to accuse the government of using police to intimidate protesters during demonstrations against the arrest of Luis Fernando Camacho, the governor of Santa Cruz department and leader of the right-wing Creemos.... Read More
* Peru’s economy & finance minister, Alex Contreras, has said that the ongoing protests against President Dina Boluarte’s government have generated economic losses of over PEN300m (US$79.2m).... Read More
On 11 January, Brazil’s federal public prosecutors' office (MPF) asked the country’s supreme court (STF) to investigate three federal deputies who are allies of former right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro (Partido Liberal, PL, 2019-2023) and supported the recent anti-democratic protests that vandalised congress, the presidential palace, and the STF headquarters in Brasília. ... Read More
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest retail sales figures, showing a 0.6% drop in sales from October to November.... Read More
On 11 January El Salvador’s unicameral legislature approved for a further 30 days the state of emergency decreed in March 2022 to address gang violence.... Read More
*Following El Salvador’s adoption of cryptocurrency bitcoin in September 2021 as legal tender, the 84-member unicameral legislature has approved a bill that would regulate the issuance of other digital assets by both the state and private entities as well as providing the legal framework that would underpin President Nayib Bukele’s plans to sell bitcoin-backed bonds. According to the legislation, which was tabled in November 2022, the law’s objective is to establish a juridical framework to provide legal certainty to transfer operations to any title of digital assets used in public issuance offers.... Read More
On 11 January, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador held a bilateral meeting with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during which disagreements over energy policies were finally addressed.... Read More
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has published new data for its monthly index of industrial activity (Imai) showing that overall, industrial activity remained at the same level in November 2022 as it did the previous month.... Read More
*The Buenos Aires grain exchange has said it could cut its forecast for Argentina’s 2022-2023 soybean and maize production by around 25% if a prolonged drought continues to impact the country’s agricultural regions.... Read More

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