LatinNews Daily - 05 September 2023

Main Briefing
On 4 September negotiating teams representing the Colombian government and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group concluded the fourth round of talks held in Caracas. Analysis:... Read More
* Colombia’s leftist government led by President Gustavo Petro, Colombia’s private sector organisation Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia (Andi), and banking association (Asobancaria) have issued a joint statement urging the central bank (Banrep) to lower interest rates to shore up the economy.... Read More
On 4 September the public security secretariat of Bahia state, in Brazil’s northeast, announced that the state’s civil police had arrested three individuals suspected of participating in the murder of Bernadete Pacífico, a prominent leader of quilombola communities – Afro-Brazilian descendants of slaves who escaped and founded their own rural settlements.... Read More
* Brazil’s national federation of automobile dealers (Fenabrave) has released figures on the sector’s performance in August, which showed that 207,717 new registration plates – a proxy for car sales – had been issued.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 4 September the Honduran media cited the US ambassador to Honduras, Laura Dogu, as calling on Honduras’s political parties to reach an agreement to select a new attorney general (AG) for a five-year term.... Read More
* Claudia Ortiz, a national deputy for the Salvadorean opposition Vamos, has called for clarification regarding a new deal between the Nuevas Ideas (NI) government led by President Nayib Bukele and the Salvadorean banking association (Abansa).... Read More
On 4 September Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that the defence ministry (Sedena) had officially taken control of his flagship Tren Maya tourist railway project.... Read More
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures which show that gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) in June increased by 3.1% in real terms as compared to the previous month, and by 28.6% in real terms as compared to June 2022.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 4 September Victoria Villarruel, the running mate of Argentina’s far-right populist presidential candidate, Javier Milei, held a controversial event in Buenos Aires paying homage to victims of armed leftist groups during the country’s 1976-1983 dictatorship.... Read More
* Paraguay’s central bank (BCP) has released new figures which show that the monthly inflation rate in August was -0.2%.... Read More

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