LatinNews Daily - 03 March 2023

Main Briefing
On 2 March Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro asked the attorney general’s office to open an investigation into his brother and his son amid allegations of financial irregularities during Petro’s 2022 election campaign, including an alleged donation from a convicted drug trafficker.... Read More
* Colombia’s supreme administrative court, the Consejo de Estado, has provisionally suspended a government decree issued on 16 February which gave President Gustavo Petro direct control of the country’s utilities regulators.... Read More
On 2 March Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said that he had summoned the communications minister, Juscelino Filho, to a meeting on 6 March to respond to allegations of corruption; if he failed to give a satisfactory explanation he would be sacked. ... Read More
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the country’s latest GDP figures, showing a quarterly contraction of 0.2% in Q4 2022.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 2 March a United Nations (UN)-appointed three-member panel of human rights experts on Nicaragua (GHREN) released a report which found “widespread human rights violations that amount to crimes against humanity are being committed against civilians” by Nicaragua’s government led by President Daniel Ortega.... Read More
* The US money transfer firm Western Union (WU) has announced a major expansion of its pilot programme providing money transfer services from the US to Cuba.... Read More
On 2 March Mexican judges and magistrates united in condemnation of an online death threat received by the president of the supreme court (SCJN) that went viral on social media.... Read More
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has published new figures which show that the unemployment rate stood at 3.0% of the economically active population – people over the age of 15 who are employed or seeking employment – in January 2023, equating to 1.8m people.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 2 March, a mafia-style attack was carried out in Argentina against a supermarket belonging to the family of Antonela Roccuzzo, wife of Argentine football star Lionel Messi, in Rosario, city, Santa Fe province.... Read More
* In an annual address to congress, Uruguay’s centre-right President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou has announced plans to send down a bill to congress with various tax cutting measures worth about US$150m.... Read More

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