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LatinNews Daily - 23 January 2023

Main Briefing
On 21 January, Brazil's President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT) fired the country’s army chief, general Júlio César de Arruda, who had been in the post since late December.... Read More
Andean
On 21 January, the Colombian government and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group announced that talks would resume in February to discuss a ceasefire, following several weeks in which the future of negotiations had seemed uncertain.... Read More
* Operations have been temporarily suspended at the Antapaccay copper mine in Peru’s southern Cusco region, in response to the mine’s continued targeting during nationwide anti-government protests.... Read More
Brazil
* Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández have penned a joint article in the Argentine weekly Perfil saying that they have “decided to advance discussions regarding a common South American currency that can be used both for financial and commercial transactions, reducing operational costs and our external vulnerability”.  Argentina’s economy minister, Sergio Massa, also gave an interview with the UK's Financial Times (FT) in which he said that efforts are underway with Brazil to launch a common currency.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 20 January Guatemala’s electoral authority (TSE) officially called the 25 June 2023 general elections.... Read More
*Nicaragua’s Vice President and First Lady Rosario Murillo has announced a 5% wage increase for public officials as of next month.... Read More
Mexico
On 21 January, Mexico’s federal defence minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval lamented the killing of an army colonel in Coalcomán municipality, Michoacán state the previous day.... Read More
*US ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar has announced that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has opened its first office in Mexico.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 22 January Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández defended his decision to invite Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro to attend this week’s Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) summit in Buenos Aires in the face of fierce criticism from the political opposition.... Read More
* Argentina’s economy ministry has announced that the country posted a primary fiscal deficit of Ar$502.12bn (US$2.74bn) in December 2022, compared with Ar$496.34bn in December 2021 and Ar$227.83bn in November 2022.... Read More
Washington Watch
Mexico: On 17 January, public jury selection started for the trial of Mexico’s former public security minister Genaro García Luna, who held the role throughout the presidency of Felipe Calderón (2006-2012).... Read More

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