LatinNews Daily - 16 January 2023

Main Briefing
On 13 January Peru’s President Dina Boluarte announced a partial cabinet reshuffle that saw interior minister, Víctor Rojas, replaced amid continued and fierce anti-government protests.... Read More
* Peru’s national statistics institute (Inei) has published the latest economic growth figures, showing that national production increased by 1.68% in November 2022 compared to the same month in 2021.... Read More
On 13 January, Brazil’s supreme court (STF) justice Alexandre de Moraes authorised the investigation of former president Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2023) as part of an enquiry to clarify the events surrounding the 8 January attacks against Brazil’s congress, presidential palace, and STF headquarters in Brasília.... Read More
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the latest economic activity index (IBC-Br), showing that economic activity fell by 0.55% in November compared to the previous month.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 13 January, the head of Honduras’s human rights ombudsman’s office (Conadeh) Blanca Izaguirre issued a statement calling on the Honduran state to guarantee the right to the defence of territory and the environment through “substantial measures to protect the lives and physical integrity” of human rights defenders (HRDs).... Read More
*Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei has said that Guatemala’s GDP grew 4% in 2022, above the 3.7% average for the region which he said that the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America & Caribbean (Eclac) had forecast.... Read More
On 13 January, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended the controversial decision to deploy the national guard (GN) to Mexico City (CDMX)’s metro.... Read More
* Mexico’s Universidad Politécnica de Querétaro (UPQ), a higher education institute in Querétaro state, has announced that a laboratory specialising in electric vehicles (EVs) will begin operations midway through this year.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 14 January Chile’s President Gabriel Boric urged opposition parties to rejoin the security dialogue table established by his government after they withdrew from the talks in protest at the 13 presidential pardons he issued at the tail end of last year.... Read More
*Business lobby groups in Paraguay and Uruguay, as well as Bolivia, have released a joint statement expressing concern over a toll that Argentina’s transport ministry has imposed since 1 January on ships using the Paraguay-Paraná waterway, one of the main riverine transport corridors in South America.... Read More
Washington Watch
Brazil: On 8 January, the US government condemned the actions of the supporters of Brazil’s former president Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2023) who stormed Brazil’s presidential palace, congress and supreme court (STF) the same day, calling for a military coup to overthrow the results of the 30 October presidential run-off election.... Read More

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