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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 April 2019

Despite their different political complexions, all Latin American governments are seeking a sometimes-elusive holy grail: export-led growth.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 April 2019

On 17 April, Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) released the latest edition of its national survey on urban public security, which shows that 74.6% of the population feel unsafe living in their city.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 April 2019

On 15 April, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador issued a memorandum addressed to various federal ministries in which he establishes guidelines to be followed pending the repeal of the 2012-2013 education reform.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 April 2019

On 15 April, Pedro Flores Jiménez, the head of finances and administration at Mexico's federal health ministry, announced various agreements with the resident doctors’ union Asamblea Nacional de Médicos Residentes (ANMR).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 April 2019

On 12 April, the Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana (Coparmex), the business lobby that represents some of the country’s largest employers, called on national legislators to introduce changes to the labour reform initiative to ensure that it does not undermine business productivity and competitiveness.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 April 2019

On 11 April, Mexico’s 500-member federal chamber of deputies approved a new labour reform proposed by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 April 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- MEXICO: López Obrador faces more teachers’ protests
- In brief: Mexico
From Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America
- REGION: LGBTQ+ legal rights in the Caribbean and Latin America – a comparison
On 10 April, around 1,000 teachers from the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabjadores de la Educación (CNTE), Mexico’s second largest teachers’ unions, marched through the centre of Mexico City demanding the full repeal of the 2012-2013 education reform.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 April 2019

In a press release issued on 9 April, Mexico’s foreign ministry (SRE) said it had “taken note” of the decision by US District Court Judge Richard Seeborg to temporarily block the US government’s policy of returning some asylum-seekers to Mexico while they wait for a court appearance.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 9 April 2019

On 8 April, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, assured Mexican senators that her office, the OHCHR, will accompany the process of establishing the secondary legislation relating to the creation of the national guard.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 8 April 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- MEXICO: Gordillo on comeback trail
- In brief: Mexico
On 7 April, Elba Esther Gordillo, one of the most influential figures in Mexican politics over the past 30 years, confirmed that she will once again seek the leadership of Mexico’s main teachers’ union, the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 05 April 2019

On 4 April, US President Donald Trump said that he would give Mexico a year to stop illegal migration of Central Americans into the US, after which he would slap import tariffs on cars, backtracking on earlier threats of imminent plans to close the US southern border.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 04 April 2019

On 3 April, Mexico’s federal senate rejected for the second time the short list of candidates to fill the vacancies in the energy regulatory commission (CRE) submitted by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 3 April 2019

On 2 April, Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard expressed confidence that the US government led by President Donald Trump would not shut down the shared border.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 2 April 2019

On 1 April, Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said his government would maintain a “close and respectful” relationship with the US administration led by President Donald Trump.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 1 April 2019

On 30 March, Mexico’s national indigenous council (CNI) and the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) armed militant group issued a joint statement rejecting the public consultation of indigenous communities over the Programa de Desarrollo del Istmo de Tehuantepec infrastructure development project staged by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on 30-31 March. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 March 2019

On 28 March, US President Donald Trump threatened to close his country’s border with Mexico should the Mexican authorities fail to stop a new caravan of migrants that has set off from Central American on foot with the aim of seeking asylum in the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 March 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- MEXICO: CNTE stands firm
- In brief: Mexico
On 27 March, the president of Mexico's federal chamber of deputies, Porfirio Muñoz Ledo, was forced to cancel a plenary session in which changes proposed by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the 2012-2013 education reform were due to be voted on.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 March 2019

On 26 March, Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies was forced to cancel for a second time a session in which it was due to vote on the changes that the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has proposed to make to the 2012-2013 education reform after the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE) teachers’ union staged a sit-in protest and blocked all access to the congress building.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 March 2019

On 25 March, Mexico’s deputy minister for human rights, Alejandro Encinas Rodríguez, acknowledged failures in the existing protection mechanism for journalists in the country, and he committed to remedying this.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 March 2019

On 22 March, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador closed the annual two-day banking convention in the Pacific coastal city of Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 March 2019

The number of violent homicides in Mexico increased by 13.5% year-on-year in the first two months of 2019, according to official figures released by the national public security system (SESNSP) on 21 March.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 March 2019

On 20 March, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told the press that his meeting the previous day with White House advisor Jared Kushner had taken place on “good terms”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 March 2019

On 19 March Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador put his name to a document promising not to seek re-election in 2024.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 March 2019

On 18 March, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador marked the 81st anniversary of the nationalisation of Pemex by promising to rescue the state-run oil company with an increase in production and a new refinery.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 March 2019

On 16 and 17 March, the national palace in Mexico City played host to an open forum on an ambitious five-year national development plan (PND) being drawn up by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 March 2019

On 14 March Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies approved a constitutional reform bill that introduces changes to the process of calling legally binding public consultations and introduces the possibility of staging a presidential recall referendum.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 March 2019

On 13 March a group of local human rights organisations called for the Mexican authorities to open a new investigation into the potential involvement of the army in the September 2014 disappearance of 43 trainee teachers in the town of Iguala, Guerrero state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 March 2019

On 12 March Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met El Salvador’s president-elect Nayib Bukele in Mexico.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 March 2019

On 11 March Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador completed his first 100 days in office, a traditional milestone for assessing the performance of a new head of state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 March 2019

On 10 March the local authorities in Guanajuato state reported that at least 15 people had been killed and five wounded during an armed attack in the municipality of Salamanca.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 08 March 2019

On 7 March, Mexico’s leftist ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party formally presented its plan to halve public funding for political parties.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 7 March 2019

On 6 March, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that capturing the leader of a fuel-theft gang (Huachicoleros) in Guanajuato state was among his top priorities and that a new security forces operation was under way.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 6 March 2019

On 5 March, the Mexican government led President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that it would be suspending funding for the national safe houses network (RNR) pending review.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 5 March 2019

On 4 March, federal police (PF) announced the capture of Luis Felipe ‘El Filipillo’ Pérez Flores, a suspected leader of the Cártel de Tláhuac criminal gang in Mexico City (CDMX).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 4 March 2019

On 2 March, federal police (PF) announced that they had detained two leaders of the feared Mexico City (CDMX) criminal gang, Unión de Tepito.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 01 March 2019

On 28 February, Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies approved the creation of a civilian national guard, with 463 votes in favour, one against and no abstentions.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 February 2019

On 27 February, Mexico’s national institute for transparency and access to public information (Inai), a federal government entity, issued a resolution ordering the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to provide any information it may have to support the allegations made by López Obrador that the cancelled new Mexico City international airport project (NAIM) had been riddled with corruption.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 February 2019

On 26 February, Mexico’s deputy foreign minister for multilateral affairs and human rights, Martha Delgado, met the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 February 2019

On 25 February, civil society groups opposed to the development of a new thermoelectric plant in Mexico’s Morelos state rejected the official result of the public consultation on the matter staged by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on procedural grounds and vowed to challenge it in the courts.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 February 2019

On 24 February, Mexico’s deputy minister for democratic development and social participation, Diana Alvarez Maury, declared that a public consultation held in the states of Morelos, Puebla, and Tlaxcala, on the operation of a thermoelectric plant, had been a success.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 February 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- In brief: Mexico
From Latin American Weekly Report
- MEXICO: López Obrador seeks to get business sector on side
- TRACKING TRENDS
* Board members of Mexico’s central bank (Banxico) have expressed concerns regarding the state-owned oil company Pemex’s potential risks to the Mexican economy.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 February 2019

On 20 February, local authorities from the central Mexican state of Morelos reported the murder of Samir Flores, an environmental activist who opposed operations at the local Huexca thermoelectric plant, part of a wider energy project known as Proyecto Integral Morelos (PIM).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 February 2019

On 19 February, Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies approved a constitutional amendment concerning preventative detention put forward by the ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party, with 377 votes in favour, 96 against, and five abstentions.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 February 2019

On 18 February, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that Guillermo García Alcocer, head of Mexico’s energy commission (CRE), is affected by a case of conflict of interests and called for him to resign.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 February 2019

The local authorities in different parts of Mexico reported a series of violent murders over the weekend (16-17 February).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 February 2019

On 14 February, Mexico’s interior minister, Olga Sánchez Cordero, urged the federal senate to approve the plan to create a national guard on the government’s terms without the modifications made by the chamber of deputies.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 February 2019

On 14 February, the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reversed the proposed appointment of Edith Arrieta as deputy director at the national science & technology council (Conacyt), a federal government entity tasked with promoting scientific and technological development in the country, just two days after it was announced.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 February 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- MEXICO: Government publishes assets of public officials
- In brief: Mexico
From Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America
- REGION: Mexico changes tack on migration
On 12 February, the Mexican government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador published a full list of the assets of each member of the cabinet in a bid to improve transparency.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 February 2019

On 11 February, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador criticised the electricity sector and its contractual relationship with the government.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 February 2019

On 9 February, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador appointed Karla Quintana Osuna as head of the Comisión Nacional de Búsqueda de Personas (CNB), the entity created by his government to lead the search for Mexico’s disappeared.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 8 February 2019

On 7 February, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the US would be withdrawing from a trade deal with Mexico which governs the importation of tomatoes.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 7 February 2019

On 6 February, the United Nations (UN) working group on human rights in Mexico reiterated its “grave concern” at President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s plan to improve public security in the country with the creation of a national guard.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 6 February 2019

On 5 February, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced a new anti-crime plan to target 17 areas of the country where criminal activity is heavily concentrated.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 5 February 2019

On 5 February, Pedro Carrizales, a deputy representing Mexico’s ruling left-wing coalition Juntos Haremos Historia (JHH) in the state congress of San Luis Potosí, survived an armed attack while driving.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 4 February 2019

On 3 February, Mexico’s national human rights commission (CNDH) issued a statement, calling on the Mexican government to accept the competence of the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 01 February 2019

On 31 January, all 28 of Mexico’s national cabinet ministers presented their declarations of assets in line with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s ‘Republican austerity’ plan.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 31 January 2019

On 30 January, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador received Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City, on the first day of the Spanish head of government’s two-day visit to Mexico.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 January 2019

On 29 January, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador ruled out using force to end protests staged by teachers in Michoacán state who have been blockading railway lines since 14 January in demand of backdated salaries and bonuses.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 January 2019

On 28 January, Hidalgo state governor Omar Fayad said that there had been explosion at a pipeline of Mexico’s state oil company Pemex in San Agustín Tlaxiaca municipality, Hidalgo state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 January 2019

On 27 January, a few hundred people took to the streets of Mexico City to protest against oil theft in the country (known as huachicoleo) and express their support for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his efforts to tackle it.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 January 2019

Development: On 24 January, Alejandro Gertz Manero, the head of Mexico’s newly revamped federal attorney general’s office (FGR), announced the opening of a new investigation into the ‘La Estafa Maestra’ corruption case that implicates various federal government officials.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 January 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- In brief: Mexico
* More than 140 freight trains are stranded in the state of Michoacán due to blockades by the  Coordinadora Nacional de Trabjadores de la Educación (CNTE) teachers' union, which is demanding backdated salaries.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 January 2019

Development: On 22 January, a group of teachers affiliated to the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabjadores de la Educación (CNTE) teachers’ union staged a seventh day of public demonstrations in Mexico’s western Michoacán state, blocking railway lines in seven different parts of the state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 January 2019

Development: On 21 January, international press freedom NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called upon Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to carry out a complete overhaul of state provisions for protecting journalists in Mexico.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 January 2019

Development: On 20 January, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reiterated his promise of an independent investigation into the explosion of an illegally-tapped oil pipeline on 18 January, which has claimed 85 lives thus far.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 January 2019

Development: On 17 January President Andrés Manuel López Obrador expressed his discontent with the constitutional reform approved by the federal lower chamber of congress establishing a national guard in Mexico.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 January 2019

Development: On 16 January Mexico’s 500-seat chamber of deputies voted to approve President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s constitutional reform proposal to create a new national guard.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 January 2019

Development: On 15 January, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met with legislators from his Juntos Haremos Historia (JHH) ruling coalition to urge them to build consensus in congress in support of the proposed creation of a national guard. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 January 2019

Development: On 14 January, the authorities in Mexico’s Guanajuato state reported that an oil tanker truck from the state-owned oil firm, Pemex, had been held up and stolen by criminals as it passed through the state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 January 2019

Development: On 12 January, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured that he will not change the measures that his government has put in place to combat oil theft, despite continued fuel shortages across the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 January 2019

Development: On 10 January, Jan Jařab, the representative of the United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Mexico, re-iterated his concerns about the creation of a national guard in the country during a public audience in congress.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 January 2019

Development: On 9 January Martha Delgado, the deputy minister for multilateral affairs and human rights at Mexico’s foreign ministry (SRE), said that the government had approached the United Nations (UN) for assistance in the training of the country’s proposed new national guard.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 9 January 2019

Development: On 8 January, the Mexican government and the state-owned oil company Pemex reiterated calls to the Mexican people to remain calm and avoid panic buying in the face of continued fuel shortages across parts of the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 8 January 2019

Development: On 7 January the secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Mexico’s José Ángel Gurría Treviño, presented two reports urging the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to take “urgent action” to expand the fight against corruption.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 7 January 2019

Development: Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is facing fierce criticism in the wake of announcing the recruitment of up to 50,000 young people to his proposed national guard.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 4 January 2019

Development: On 3 January, a wave of homicides was recorded across Mexico, including the murder in the state of Oaxaca of a municipal representative from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 3 January 2019

Development: On 2 January, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador rejected as false figures published by national daily Reforma which suggest that homicides increased by 65% in December 2018, the first month of his six-year term.  

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 2 January 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- In brief: Mexico
* Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said that his government will not increase any taxes this year, including on petrol fuels, to finance its budget.