LatinNews Daily - 19 January 2023

Main Briefing
On 18 January, civil society organisations that have led weeks of anti-government protests in Bolivia’s eastern department of Santa Cruz agreed to lift roadblocks while they agree on their next course of action.... Read More
* The director of Ecuador’s tax authority (SRI), Francisco Briones Rugel, has announced that the government’s tax take in 2022 was 22.8% higher than in 2021, totalling US$17.16bn.... Read More
On 18 January, Brazil’s leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT) suggested that the 8 January attacks on government buildings in Brasília may have been part of an attempt to stage a coup d’état with the alleged involvement of former right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2023).... Read More
* The government of the Brazilian state of Bahia has announced that the Brazilian chemical company Unigel will invest US$1.5bn in green hydrogen production in the state.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 18 January the media reported that a Nicaraguan judge had convicted two women with joint French-Nicaraguan citizenship, Jeannine Horvilleur Cuadra and Ana Alvarez Horvilleur, and Alvarez’s husband Félix Roiz on conspiracy charges.... Read More
*Honduras’s central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show that the country received a total of US$8.69bn in family remittances in 2022, up from US$7.37bn in 2021.... Read More
On 18 January, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the trial of former public security minister Genaro García Luna (2006-2012) in the US was important as it would reveal “the extent to which US agents or authorities, the agencies, were involved.”... Read More
*Mexico’s permanent congressional committee, a body of legislators which meets when congress is in recess, has approved Omar Mejía as new deputy governor of the country’s central bank (Banxico).... Read More
Southern Cone
On 18 January Chile’s committee of ministers ruled to reject environmental permits for the US$2.5bn Dominga copper and iron mining project, on the grounds that it would have a negative impact on wildlife, water sources, air quality, and protected maritime areas.... Read More
*Argentina’s Economy Minister Sergio Massa has announced that the country will buy back overseas bonds worth over US$1bn.... Read More

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