LatinNews Daily - 04 May 2023

Main Briefing
On 3 May, Brazil’s federal police (PF) raided the home of right-wing former president Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2023), as part of a probe into a criminal network which allegedly falsified coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination records.... Read More
On 3 May Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso issued a decree authorising the military’s deployment against “terrorist organisations”, in a significant escalation of the government’s crackdown on organised criminal groups.... Read More
* Authorities in Ecuador have heralded the opening of a metro system in the capital Quito, announcing that it successfully carried 25,000 passengers on its first day of operations despite a number of teething problems.... Read More
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has voted to maintain the benchmark interest rate at 13.75% for the sixth consecutive month.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 3 May, International Press Freedom Day, Nicaragua’s government led by President Daniel Ortega dissolved Fundación Cristiana de Televisión Enlace (Enlace Canal 21), a Christian TV station, whose director is Guillermo Osorno, a November 2021 presidential candidate (Camino Cristiano Nicaragüense).... Read More
*Cuba’s tourism minister, Juan Carlos García Granda, has said that a million tourists have visited Cuba so far this year, exceeding the number registered in the same period last year.... Read More
On 3 May, Mexico’s President Andrés Miguel López Obrador asked US President Joe Biden to stop the US government from funding organisations that he says are hostile to his own government.... Read More
* Mexico’s state-run oil company Pemex has released new figures which show that it posted a net profit of M$56.7bn (US$3.1bn) in the first quarter of 2023.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 3 May, Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) reversed its decision to postpone the publication of April inflation figures following backlash from the political opposition.... Read More
* The mayor of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, and an aspiring presidential candidate for the right-of-centre Juntos por el Cambio (JxC) coalition in the October elections, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, has previewed what his economic policies would look like if he is elected.... Read More

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