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Weekly Report - 07 July 2016 (WR-16-26)

MEXICO: Osorio Chong blinks first

Mexico’s Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong is facing a serious challenge to his hopes of securing the candidacy of the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) in the 2018 presidential elections. The threat to Osorio Chong’s ambition comes not from his ministry’s handling of the violence associated with organised crime in Mexico, as might have been expected, but rather from sedulous protests by the country’s second largest teachers’ union Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE) against the federal government’s flagship education reform. The CNTE’s cause his been embraced by twice former presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of the radical left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena), who topped an advance opinion poll this week in the national daily El Universal just ahead of Osorio Chong.

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