* Mexican peso renews slide, plunges 8% post election
* Brazil's economic activity flat in April
* Peru holds interest rate at 5.75%, in surprise move

By Shubham  Batra
       June 14 (Reuters) - The Mexican peso continued its slide
on Friday as President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum remarked about
electing judges and the Chilean peso dropped tracking a slump in
copper prices, while Latin American stocks fell to an
eight-month low. 
    Currencies across the region were in the red, driven by
Mexico's peso that fell 0.7% against the U.S. dollar as
Sheinbaum on Thursday said that judges in the country should be
elected, echoing her agreement with a controversial judicial
reform proposed by outgoing President Andres Manuel Lopez
Obrador.
    The peso has so far slumped nearly 8% since a resounding
election win early this month for the country's ruling party.
    Mexican Deputy Finance Minister Gabriel Yorio said the
government was continuing to reduce the country's 2025, 2026,
and 2027 local debt with an operation to refinance some 181
billion pesos ($9.8 billion).
    The country's MXX index fell 0.7%, logging its third
straight day of losses. 
    Copper prices slipped, pressured by a firm dollar and rising
inventories that highlighted a supply surplus, pushing Chile's
peso down 1.3% against the greenback.
    MSCI's gauge of Latin American stocks was up
0.4%. 
    However, stocks in Brazil were down 0.5% as economic
activity in the region's biggest economy started the second
quarter in stagnation, frustrating market expectations.
    "Going forward, we expect activity to continue to benefit
from significant fiscal stimulus, the generous increase in the
minimum wage, the turnaround in the credit cycle and solid real
household disposable income growth," Goldman Sachs Economic
Research said in a note. 
    A Reuters poll of economists showed Brazil's central bank is
set to pause on June 19 an easing cycle it started last year
amid increased volatility in domestic financial markets and
unanchored inflation expectations.
    Argentina's Merval index slid 1.4%. The
International Monetary Fund (IMF) board on Thursday cleared the
way for Argentina to draw $800 million to help drive its
economic recovery, saying the lending program was "firmly on
track".
    Meanwhile, the yield on Peru's 2-year local currency bond
 edged higher after its central bank on Thursday held
the benchmark interest rate at 5.75%, bucking analysts'
expectations of a 25-basis-point rate cut.
    The Peruvian sol was up 0.3%. 
    Among individual stocks, Brazilian state-run oil company
Petrobras sank 1.0% after reports that it's chief
executive officer Magda Chambriard, is expected to announce the
firm's new management team later on Friday.     
            
    Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies at 1458 GMT:
    
    
  Stock indexes           Latest   Daily %   YTD %
                                   change   change
 MSCI Emerging Markets    1075.53        0     4.96
                                            
 MSCI LatAm               2163.80     0.41   -19.07
                                            
 Brazil Bovespa         119037.30    -0.44   -11.29
                                            
 Mexico IPC              51967.87    -0.59    -9.44
                                            
 Chile IPSA               6462.76    -0.36     4.27
                                            
 Argentina MerVal       1582209.0   -1.433    70.18
                                2           
 Colombia COLCAP          1384.28    -0.13    15.75
                                            
                                                   
      Currencies          Latest   Daily %   YTD %
                                   change   change
 Brazil real               5.3545     0.22   -38.12
                                            
 Mexico peso              18.4865    -0.71     6.56
                                            
 Chile peso                 928.6    -1.26   -33.81
                                            
 Colombia peso            4167.82    -0.61   -28.45
                                            
 Peru sol                  3.7682     0.30   -14.10
                                            
 Argentina peso          902.0000     0.06   -97.94
 (interbank)                                
                                            
 Argentina peso              1235     0.81   -98.44
 (parallel)                                 
                                            
                                                   
                                                   
 
 (Reporting by Shubham Batra in Bengaluru
Editing by Nick Zieminski)