LatinNews Daily - 07 February 2024

Main Briefing
On 6 February protesters lifted roadblocks around Bolivia after President Luis Arce promulgated a bill establishing a timeframe for overdue judicial elections to be held.... Read More
*Ecuador’s national assembly has rejected a proposal from the government led by President Daniel Noboa to raise the value-added tax (VAT) rate from 12% to 15%.... Read More
On 6 February Brazil-based polling firm Atlas Intel released its latest approval ratings for high-profile public officials as well as figures regarding major public concerns, such as crime and drug-trafficking.... Read More
*Brazilian business lobby group for the industrial sector, Confederação Nacional da Indústria (CNI), has released the latest edition of its ‘industrial indicators’ report, which showed the sector’s annual revenue in 2023 decreased by 1.3% compared to 2022, while the number of working hours by industrial sector workers dropped by 0.6%.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 6 February the international media reported that former rebel leader Guy Philippe arrived in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, as thousands took to the streets in the capital and across the country calling for caretaker prime minister, Ariel Henry, to resign.... Read More
*Cuba’s tourism minister, Juan Carlos García Granda, has said that air connections are in place with 32 countries through 50 airlines, resulting in an average of 579 flights a week.... Read More
On 6 February Mexico’s political opposition, the country’s umbrella business association Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE), and think tanks including Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (Imco), all questioned the reform package unveiled the previous day by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.... Read More
*Mexico’s labour (STPS) and economy (SE) ministries have announced the “successful closure” of a case involving allegations of labour rights abuses at a plant of US firm Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Co in Mexico’s San Luis Potosí state.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 6 February Chile’s former president Sebastián Piñera (2010-2014, 2018-2022) was killed in a helicopter accident.... Read More
*Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released figures on industrial manufacturing and construction in December 2023, which showed significant yearly drops in both industrial production (-12.8%) and construction (-12.2%).... Read More

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