LatinNews Daily - 11 September 2023

Main Briefing
On 9 September the Colombian government published its new counternarcotics strategy, with President Gustavo Petro calling on Latin American nations to re-think the militarised war on drugs.... Read More
* Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has been on an official visit to China since 8 September, beginning his trip in the city of Shenzhen where he met Huang Kunming, the secretary general of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).... Read More
On 10 September the two-day G20 leaders’ summit in India, the current holder of the group’s rotating presidency, ended with a joint declaration that reflected India and Brazil’s reluctance to criticise Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.... Read More
* The Brazilian electricity company Eletrobras has announced the sale of its Candiota thermoelectric power plant to local firm Âmbar Energia at an equity value of R$72m (US$14.45m).... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 8 September Panama’s security (Minseg) minister, Juan Manuel Pino, and the head of immigration, Samira Gozaine, announced new measures to address irregular migration through the Darién Gap, a roadless expanse of jungle on Panama’s border with Colombia.... Read More
* Honduras’s President Xiomara Castro has approved the 2024 State budget proposal for L406.58bn (US$16.58bn) which will now be voted upon by the 128-member unicameral legislature in which the leftist ruling Partido Libertad y Refundación lacks a majority.... Read More
On 10 September Mexico’s former foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard (2018-2023) challenged the results of the survey that saw Claudia Sheinbaum selected as the 2024 presidential candidate for the ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena).... Read More
*Mexico’s finance minister, Rogelio Ramírez de la O, has presented the government’s draft 2024 budget to the federal congress.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 10 September the right-of-centre opposition coalition Juntos por el Cambio (JxC) and allied parties won the gubernatorial elections in Argentina’s north-eastern province of Santa Fe at a canter.... Read More
* The governments of Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil, and Uruguay have released a joint statement calling on Argentina’s government to suspend the collection of tolls on the Paraguay-Paraná waterway.... Read More
Washington Watch
Haiti: On 30 August the US embassy in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince issued a security alert advising all US citizens to leave the island nation “as soon as possible”.... Read More

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