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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 December 2019

On 9 December, Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, revealed that negotiating teams from Mexico, the US, and Canada will meet in Mexico City today (10 December) to finalise the ratification of a trilateral trade deal to supersede the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 09 December 2019

On 8 December, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced some concessions that Mexico would be prepared to make in order to facilitate the ratification of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in the US House of Representatives but also areas where it would refuse to move.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 06 December 2019

On 5 December Mexico’s federal senate approved Margarita Ríos-Farjat as a new magistrate for the 11-member supreme court (SCJN) for a 15-year term.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 05 December 2019

On 4 December Hugo Rodriguez, the deputy assistant secretary of state for Central America and Mexico in the US State Department, said that the US government would put “any and all tools” at the disposal of the Mexican government to help tackle the public security challenge posed by drug trafficking organisations (DTOs) in Mexico. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 04 December 2019

On 3 December, Mexico’s federal electoral tribunal (TEPJF) issued a technical opinion that the Baja California state legislature’s decision to extend the term of incumbent governor Jaime Bonilla by three years was unconstitutional.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 03 December 2019

On 2 December Adrián LeBarón, a member of the Mexican-US Mormon family whose relatives were the victims of a recent deadly attack by a suspected drug trafficking organisation (DTO), said he was satisfied following a meeting with Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 02 December 2019

On 1 December Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador marked the completion of his first year in office with a big rally in the Zócalo, Mexico City’s main square.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 November 2019

On 28 November a specialist criminal judge formally charged federal magistrate Isidro Avelar Gutiérrez with illicit enrichment and ordered his arrest pending trial.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 November 2019

On 27 October, international human rights NGO Amnesty International (AI) denounced the significant lack of progress made by the Mexican government in improving human rights in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 November 2019

On 26 November, US President Donald Trump said that he is working on designating Mexican drug trafficking organisations (DTOs) as terrorist groups. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 November 2019

On 25 November Mexico’s national electoral institute (INE) warned that the 2020 national budget approved by the federal congress leaves it with the bare minimum of funds with which to organise the largest elections in the country’s history.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 November 2019

On 23 November Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced his intention to undertake further constitutional changes during a tour of the state of Guerrero.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 November 2019

On 21 November, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that he will present his shortlist of three candidates to fill a vacant seat on the supreme court of justice (SCJN) to the senate today (22 November).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 November 2019

According to figures released by Mexico’s national public security system (SESNSP) on 20 November, there were 2,866 homicides registered in country in October 2019, a 2.4% increase compared with the same month in 2018.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 November 2019

On 19 November, Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies postponed the ordinary session scheduled for 20 November in which it was due to vote on and approve the 2020 draft national budget.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 November 2019

On 18 November, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador left open the possibility that his government could recognise the interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico – 18 November 2019

On 15 November, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the official dates for public consultations concerning his government’s flagship but controversial ‘Tren Maya’ infrastructure project.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 November 2019

On 14 November, Mexico’s foreign ministry (SRE) issued a statement defending Bolivia's former president Evo Morales’ right to freedom of expression after being criticised for allowing him to make political declarations in violation of the terms of his asylum.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 November 2019

On 13 November, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended the appointment of Rosario Piedra Ibarra as the new head of Mexico’s national human rights commission (CNDH) saying that it is an example of “justice”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 November 2019

On 12 November, Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, embraced Bolivia’s former president Evo Morales after the military jet sent by the Mexican government to fly him to asylum touched down in Mexico City.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 November 2019

On 11 November, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is supporting Mexican authorities’ investigations into the 4 November murders of nine members of a US-Mexican Mormon family at the hands of a local drug trafficking organisation (DTO).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 November 2019

On 9 November, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised to carry out consultations in local indigenous communities before the commencement of work on one of his government’s flagship projects, the 'Tren Maya' railway project.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 08 November 2019

On 7 November, Mexico’s senate announced that Rosario Piedra Ibarra had been elected as the new head of the national human rights commission (CNDH) for 2019-2024.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 7 November 2019

* According to business initiative Empresas Por El Bienestar, 100 Mexican businesses will guarantee their employees a monthly minimum salary of M$6,500 (US$325) beginning on 1 December, with the goal of decreasing poverty in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 06 November 2019

* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged Mexico to further shore up the finances of the state-owned oil company, Pemex, and it has recommended the selling of its non-strategic assets.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 5 November 2019

On 4 November, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denounced that opponents of his government have been using ‘bots’ to advance a slander campaign against the local press on social media networks.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 4 November 2019

On 2 and 3 November, two separate protests took place in Cancún, Quintana Roo state, the first commemorating femicide victims and the second shining a light on the recent disappearances of several young people in the Mexican city.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 01 November 2019

On 31 October, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was met with a host of questions in his morning press conference regarding how he plans to ensure that failed security operations like the recent violent incidents in Culiacán do not happen again.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 31 October 2019

On 30 October, a riot at the Atlacholoaya Prison, in the municipality of Xochitepec, Morelos state, resulted in the capture of several security guards and the death of six inmates before order was restored.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 October 2019

On 29 October, Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies approved constitutional reforms that would greatly limit the president’s constitutional immunity from prosecution while in office.   

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 October 2019

On 28 October, Mexico’s state-owned oil company, Pemex, published its third quarter (Q3) financial results which show a M$87.858bn (US$4.589bn) net loss from July to September.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 October 2019

On 26 October, a deadly shootout in the Gertrudis Bocanegera neighbourhood in the city of Morelia, Michoacán state, between police and armed civilians resulted in the death of five people, including one police officer.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 October 2019

On 24 October, Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN) Justice José Fernando Franco González Salas accepted formal complaints made by four political parties to review the constitutionality of a law passed by the Baja California state’s legislature in July that extended the governor’s term by three years.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 October 2019

On 23 October, Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador argued that improving living conditions and wellbeing throughout the country is significantly more important than law enforcement reform in increasing public security, saying: “peace is the fruit of justice”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 October 2019

On 22 October, mayors and officials from municipal governments from around the country gathered in Mexico City and marched towards the presidential palace in protest, when they were tear gassed by the president’s security team.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 October 2019

On 21 October, Mexican and US government officials met in Mexico City to discuss ways in which the two governments can work together to prevent firearms trafficking across the US-Mexico border, following last week’s failed attempt to capture wanted drug trafficker Ovidio Guzmán López.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 October 2019

On 20 October, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sought to again justify the “very difficult, but very human” decision his government took in the face of an explosion of violence in Culiacán, Sinaloa state, last week. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 October 2019

On 17 October federal deputies from Mexico’s right-wing opposition Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) demanded the resignation of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s entire security cabinet over the serious lapse in public security registered in the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa state, that day.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 October 2019

On 16 October Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador slammed private sector lobby groups over their objections to recently approved legislative reforms which punish tax fraud and false invoices with penalties comparable to those established for organised crime.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 October 2019

On 15 October, a clash took place between a group of armed civilians and members of Mexican soliders in Iguala municipality, Guerrero state, which left 15 dead – 14 civilians and a military officer.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 October 2019

On 14 October, 14 police officers were killed in an attack orchestrated by Mexican drug trafficking organisation (DTO) Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) in Aguililla municipality, Michoacán state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 October 2019

On 12 October members of Mexico’s national guard, federal police, and national institute of migration (INM) disbanded a caravan in Tuzantán municipality, Chiapas state, comprising approximately 2,000 migrants heading for the US border.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 October 2019

On 10 October the head of the financial intelligence unit (UIF) at Mexico’s federal finance ministry, Santiago Nieto, denied that the UIF had exerted any pressure on former supreme court justice (SCJN) justice Eduardo Medina Mora to resign.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 October 2019

On 9 October at least 25 state-run universities and 45 trade unions across Mexico staged a 24-hour strike, demanding greater funding in the 2020 national budget.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 09 October 2019

On 8 October Luis García Villagrán, the director of the Centro de Dignificación Humana en Tapachula, a Mexican migrant rights advocacy NGO, confirmed that a group of African and Haitian migrants that have been granted temporary residence permits by the Mexican authorities will embark on a caravan to the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 08 October 2019

On 7 October, members of Mexico’s Movimiento Nacional Taxista (MNT) taxi drivers’ union staged a 13-hour protest, establishing blockades across Mexico City (CDMX) to alert the government to the unfair competition provoked by private transport apps.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 07 October 2019

On 6 October, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed that two Mexican nationals were amongst four individuals who were fatally shot during an incident that day in Kansas City in the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 04 October 2019

On 3 October, justice Eduardo Medina Mora submitted his resignation from Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN), 11 years before the end of his tenure was due, amidst reports of an official investigation into his finances.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 03 October 2019

On 2 October, around 10,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Mexico City (CDMX) to march in commemoration of the 51st anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre, with some protestors causing violent disturbances and clashing with law enforcement officials.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 2 October 2019

On 1 October the international human rights NGO Amnesty International (AI) launched its ‘No More Murders: Speaking Out for Environmental Activists in Mexico’ campaign, demanding that the government ensure the protection of those defending the country’s diverse ecosystems, wildlife, and territories.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 1 October 2019

On 30 September, Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), concluded a four-day visit to Mexico by meeting with Interior Minister Olga Sánchez Cordero, during which both committed to continuing collaboration between the UNHCR and Mexico’s interior ministry (Segob) to strengthen the country’s institutional response to asylum seekers.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 September 2019

On 27 September Mexico’s federal attorney general’s office (FGR) announced that four people had been arrested in connection with a raid carried out in Zapopan municipality, Jalisco state, in which an arsenal of weapons, munitions, and drugs were also seized.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 September 2019

On 26 September, Mexico’s federal senate approved the secondary legislation for the implementation of education reforms presented by the ruling left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) government, after it passed through the chamber of deputies last week.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 September 2019

On 25 September a Mexican federal judge ruled against an appeal suspending the construction of the mixed civil/military Santa Lucía international airport, arguing that the project is in the interests of “national security”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 September 2019

On 24 September Mexico's ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party presented an initiative before the federal senate to impeach the state governors of Tamaulipas and Guanajuato, Francisco Javier García Cabeza de Vaca and Diego Sinhue, respectively.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 September 2019

On 23 September Dario Flota, head of the tourism promotion board for Quintana Roo state, told local radio station Radio Fórmula QR that the collapse of UK travel company Thomas Cook would strike a major blow to the tourism industry in Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 September 2019

On 21 September former president Vicente Fox (2000-2006) led calls in the national assembly of Mexico's main opposition right-of-centre Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) to forge a political alliance with fellow opposition parties to confront President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his ruling left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 September 2019

On 19 September, Mexico’s 500-member federal chamber of deputies approved secondary legislation to implement education reforms passed in May 2019 by the left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 September 2019

On 18 September, Karla Irasema Quintana Osuna, the president of the Mexican national people search commission (CNB), a government body, stated that Mexico is experiencing a national “crisis” in its forensic system and in its high number of disappearances.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 September 2019

On 17 September, civil society organisations called for the Mexican senate to carry out a transparent process to designate a new head of the national human rights commission (CNDH).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 September 2019

On 16 September, the Observatorio Ciudadano Nacional del Femicidio (OCNF), a group of 43 women’s rights organisations, announced that a judge has ruled that Mexico’s national commission for the prevention and eradication of violence against women (Conavim) must declare a gender violence alert (AVGM) in Mexico City (CDMX) by 30 September at the latest.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 September 2019

On 15 September, on the eve of Mexico’s Independence Day celebrations, several hundred protestors marched in Mexico City (CDMX) and other major cities across the country to protest against President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his government.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 September 2019

On 12 September Mexico's federal chamber of deputies was forced to suspend a scheduled plenary session due to blockades by the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabjadores de la Educación (CNTE) teachers' union.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 September 2019

On 11 September the Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini concluded an official two-day visit to Mexico, the main purpose of which she said was to “give a push for the finalisation” of negotiations for an updated EU-Mexico trade agreement.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 September 2019

On 10 September, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard declared that the “the risk of a confrontation between the US and Mexico is increasingly distant” after his “positive and friendly” meeting with a delegation led by US Vice President Michael Pence.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 September 2019

On 9 September, the acting commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Mark Morgan, acknowledged that Mexico has succeeded in curbing irregular migration to the US, but he added that the country needs to do more.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 09 September 2019

* Mexico’s finance minister Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez has presented the 2020 draft fiscal budget to the federal chamber of deputies.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 06 September 2019

On 5 September Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies elected Laura Rojas Hernández, a member of the right-wing opposition Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), as its president.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 5 September 2019

On 4 September, Mexico’s deputy minister for human rights in the interior ministry (Segob), Alejandro Encinas Rodríguez, announced that the government will look into the possible failings of judges and prosecutors over their investigation of the Ayotzinapa mass abduction case.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 4 September 2019

On 3 September, opposition deputies in Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies occupied the chamber’s podium in protest at the attempts by the ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party to change the body’s organic law to allow it to retain its presidency.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 3 September 2019

On 2 September, the party president of Mexico's ruling left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena), Yeidckol Polevnsky, accused the political opposition of being “very harsh and fractious” for failing to acknowledge the achievements of the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 2 September 2019

On 1 September, protestors took to the streets of Mexico City and several other major cities in Mexico during President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s first state of the nation address, nine months into his six-year term.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 August 2019

On 29 August Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated “we are seeking to not violate human rights, even though there have been provocations” – a reference to ongoing protests by predominantly African and Haitian immigrants in Tapachula, Chiapas state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 August 2019

On 28 August Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador condemned an arson on night club Caballo Blanco in Coatzacoalcos, a major port city in Veracruz state, which left at least 26 people dead and eleven seriously injured, on official reports.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 August 2019

On 27 August, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Mexico condemned the murder of journalist Nevith Condés Jaramillo and urged Mexican institutions to show “unequivocal conviction” to ensure the crime does not go unpunished.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 August 2019

On 26 August, opposition leaders in Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies threatened to paralyse all congressional activity if the ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party violates the chamber’s organic laws, which say the presidency of the body must be rotated.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 August 2019

On 22 August, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador heavily criticised the ruling issued by a federal court that suspended the environmental license for the construction of the Santa Lucía airport saying that it formed part of an attempt to “legally sabotage” the project.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 August 2019

On 21 August, two local NGOs, Pueblo Sin Fronteras (PSF) and Centro de Dignificación Humana en Tapachula, denounced immigration raids by Mexican security forces and repression against migrants in the municipality of Tapachula, in the south-eastern state of Chiapas.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 August 2019

On 20 August, thousands of indigenous people marched in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital of Mexico's Chiapas state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 August 2019

* The Yucatán state government has confirmed that in November Uchiyama Manufacturing Corporation (UMC) will begin constructing a car parts factory based in Hunucmá municipality, Yucatán.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 August 2019

On 16 August, thousands of women took to the streets in Mexico City to protest against gender violence.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 August 2019

On 15 August, a fire at the Reclusorio Preventivo Varonil Oriente, a prison in the Iztapalapa district of Mexico City (CDMX), left at least three dead and seven people injured. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 August 2019

On 14 August, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador proposed to extend his so-called ‘Republican austerity’ programme across all government bodies.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 August 2019

On 13 August the commander of Mexico's national guard (GN) General Luis Rodríguez Bucio said that so far 58,602 members of the GN had been deployed across Mexico’s 32 states.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 August 2019

On 12 August, Mexico’s security, energy and environmental agency (Asea) issued a conditional authorisation for the construction of the Dos Bocas oil refinery in the south-eastern state of Tabasco.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 August 2019

On 9 August, Mexico’s national human rights commission (CNDH) warned of the collapse of the country’s refugee protection system.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 09 August 2019

On 8 August, Adrián López Solís, the attorney general of Mexico’s Michoacán state, confirmed that 16 men and three women had been killed in the city of Uruapan.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 8 August 2019

On 7 August, the Union Nacional de Empresarios de Farmacias (Unefarm), an organisation that groups Mexico’s largest pharmaceutical companies, held its 11th national congress, where the increasing problem of medicine robberies and rampant black-market sales, especially in Michoacán, Guerrero, Puebla, Veracruz, and Oaxaca states was, one of the major concerns discussed.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 7 August 2019

On 6 August, thieves successfully stole M$50m (US$2.56m) worth of valuables from the shop at Mexico’s national mint in Mexico City (CDMX).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 6 August 2019

On 5 August, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Mexico published a statement condemning the latest outbreak of violence against journalists and the media across the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 05 August 2019

On 4 August, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard condemned a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, as an act of terror and indicated that Mexico will take diplomatic and legal action to hold the killer accountable and protect Mexican citizens in the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 02 August 2019

On 1 August, international human rights NGO Amnesty International (AI) said that the Mexican authorities have serious questions to answer over the killing of a Central American migrant in Coahuila state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 1 August 2019

On 31 July, Mexico’s national human rights commission (CNDH) condemned the murder of journalist Rogelio Barragán and urged the authorities of Morelos state to investigate his death.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 31 July 2019

On 30 July, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended a recently approved law in Tabasco state that introduces severe punishments for those who block roads during public demonstrations.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 July 2019

On 29 July, the Mexican government announced a M$485bn (US$25.42bn) economic stimulus plan.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 July 2019

On 26 July, a regional prosecutor for the state of Jalisco, Gonzalo Huitrón Reynoso, was killed after the vehicle he was travelling in was attacked near the municipality of Poncitlán on the road to Guadalajara.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 July 2019

On 25 July Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies approved a new asset forfeiture law, ‘Ley Nacional de Extinción de Dominio’, which aims to unify all the processes under which the state can confiscate illicitly obtained assets.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 July 2019

On 24 July the president of Mexico’s powerful business sector lobby Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana (Coparmex), Gustavo de Hoyos Walther, accused the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of lacking “clear lines of action” to deal with the soaring levels of violence in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 July 2019

On 23 July Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador dismissed the allegations that his security minister, Alfonso Durazo, has any links to the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) drug trafficking organisation (DTO), insisting that he has full confidence in Durazo.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 July 2019

On 22 July Gonzalo Hernández Licona, the head of Mexico’s national council for the evaluation of social development policy (Coneval), revealed that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador had decided to replace him in the post.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 July 2019

On 21 July, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard met the US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to discuss matters of bilateral importance, particularly migratory issues.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 July 2019

On 18 July, Mexican authorities arrested retired Brigadier General Sócrates Alfredo Herrera Pegueros, a former head of security at the state-run oil company Pemex, on suspicion of oil theft and collusion with organised crime.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 July 2019

On 17 July, farmers blockaded various roads across Mexico including the states of Estado de México, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua, Veracruz, Coahuila, San Luis Potosí, Morelos, Jalisco, and Nayarit.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 July 2019

On 16 July, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced that he would meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on 21 July to discuss irregular migration.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 July 2019

On 15 July, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard condemned the imposition by the US of more restrictions on the eligibility for asylum requests, and he insisted that Mexico will not agree to becoming a ‘third safe country’ for asylum seekers.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 July 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- In brief: Mexico
* Mexico’s central (Banxico) has published minutes from a recent meeting with government officials regarding monetary policy which confirm that, following Q1 and preliminary Q2 figures, officials believe that Mexico’s economy will grow at a slower rate than previously predicted this year.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 July 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- In brief: Mexico
From Latin American Weekly Report
- Urzúa plunges knife into López Obrador amid security crisis
*  German carmaker Volkswagen has announced that in 2020 it will begin the production of its new sports utility vehicle (SUV), the ‘Tarek’, at its assembly plant in Mexico’s eastern-central state of Puebla.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 July 2019

On 10 July, a group of legislators in Mexico’s congress formally requested that the Secretaría de la Funcíon Pública (SFP), the federal government’s oversight body, open an investigation into the conflict of interest allegations affecting federal government officials made by the former finance minister, Carlos Urzúa.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 July 2019

On 9 July, Mexico’s finance minister Carlos Urzúa tendered his resignation.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 9 July 2019

On 8 July, the US Department of Commerce announced that it is to impose countervailing duties (CVDs) on Mexican and Chinese fabricated structural steel imports.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 08 July 2019

On 7 July, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador described as “politicking” the criticisms voiced by the political opposition about shortages of basic medicines in the public healthcare system.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 05 July 2019

On 4 July, opposition deputies in Mexico’s chamber of deputies urged the federal government to resolve the conflict at the federal police (PF) and to avoid further confrontation with the protesting PF officers.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 4 July 2019

On 3 July hundreds of officers of Mexico’s federal police (PF) staged a demonstration in Mexico City (CDMX) against the plans to transfer them to the newly created national guard (GN).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 3 July 2019

On 2 July, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that his government will no longer seek to fully integrate the country’s national public healthcare system.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 02 July 2019

On 1 July presumed organised criminals set fire to vehicles, erected roadblocks, and issued a stark warning to the national guard (GN) units that have been deployed to reinforce public security in the south-eastern state of Tabasco.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 01 July 2019

On 30 June, thousands of Mexicans took to the streets across the country to protest against the policies of the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 June 2019

On 27 June Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador rejected the possibility that the dispute between Mexico’s state-owned electricity firm (CFE) and a consortium led by Canadian firm TC Energy could delay the ratification of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 June 2019

On 26 June Mexico’s President López Obrador defended his government’s handling of relations with the US from pointed criticisms from members of his Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 June 2019

On 25 June Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador admitted that Mexican security forces deployed to the country’s border with the US to control the flow of illegal migrants may have committed abuses, but denied they were following orders to stop them by any means.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 June 2019

On 24 June, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was forced to defend himself from accusations of being insincere in his public remarks.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 June 2019

On 22 June, the Mexico and Central America deputy director at the Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional (Cejil), Marcela Martino, said that the recent plan announced by the Mexican and Salvadorean governments to try to stem migration from El Salvador towards the US is “superficial” and may not succeed in its aims.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 June 2019

On 20 June, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele met in Tapachula, in Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas, where they agreed on the launch of Mexico’s comprehensive development programme for Central America.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 June 2019

On 19 June, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that several fertiliser plants bought by state-owned oil company Pemex have come under scrutiny for suspected corruption.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 June 2019

On 18 June, Mexico’s national migration institute (INM) announced that national guard troops will be deployed at twelve locations along the country’s southern border with Guatemala.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 June 2019

On 17 June, the local private sector lobby Coparmex released a video berating the economic strategy of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) and asked the federal congress to delay the vote on the national development plan (PND).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 June 2019

* Brazil’s agriculture ministry (Mapa) says it has asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to investigate Indonesia for its barriers to Brazilian chicken exports.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 June 2019

On 13 June, Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard stood by the new immigration policies decided under threat of US tariffs, despite criticism received from NGOs and other politicians.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 June 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- MEXICO: Working against the clock to stem illegal migration from Central America
- In brief: Mexico
From Latin American Security & Strategic Review
- Grappling with the CJNG
From Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America
- REGION: Development plan for Mexico and the Northern Triangle
On 12 June, Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, announced that the Mexican government has established a “permanent dialogue” with its counterparts from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala to discuss ways in which to tackle the issue of illegal migration from Central America through Mexico to the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 June 2019

On 11 June, the head of government in Mexico City (CDMX), Claudia Sheinbaum, announced that new security measures will be revealed next week, in response to questions prompted by the recent kidnapping and murder of student Norberto Ronquillo.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 June 2019

On 10 June, Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, denied that the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador had a signed a secret migration agreement with the US beyond what has already been made public.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 June 2018

On 7 June, the US and Mexican governments issued a joint declaration announcing that they had reached a new agreement over reducing illegal migration across the Mexico-US border and that, as a result, the US would desist from imposing tariffs on Mexican imports as had been threatened by President Donald Trump.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 07 June 2019

On 7 June, Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, announced that 6,000 national guard elements would be deployed on the Mexico-Guatemala border in an attempt to appease demands from the US government for Mexico to do more to control illegal migration into the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 06 June 2019

On 5 June, a Mexican government delegation and US government officials began the negotiation of the proposed US-imposed tariffs on Mexican imports that will be adopted on 10 June should the two countries not reach an agreement about migration.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 5 June 2019

On 4 June, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared that he will not be attending the G20 summit of world leaders in Japan later this month, as a protest against global inequality.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 4 June 2019

On 3 June, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador maintained his non-confrontational stance over the threat of tariffs being applied to all Mexican goods exported to the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 3 June 2019

On 2 June, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador received a huge fillip as his left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) won the state governorships of Puebla and Baja California (BC), crushing the right-wing Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) in two of its traditional bastions, according to preliminary results released by the national electoral institute (INE).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 31 May 2019

On 30 May, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured US President Donald Trump that he did not want confrontation between the two countries after Trump announced that he will slap tariffs on all Mexican imports until the country stems the flow of illegal migration to the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 May 2019

On 29 May, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denied that the arrest warrant issued against Emilio Lozoya, the former director of the state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) under the previous Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) government led by Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), corresponded to “political persecution”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 May 2019

On 28 May, Mexico’s public security minister, Alfonso Durazo, announced that the federal government will deploy over 4,000 officers of the newly formed national guard to the state of Michoacán in July, to help guarantee public security.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 May 2019

On 27 May, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denied that his administration was suffering a crisis following the recent resignation of high-ranking officials and said that no one in his administration was “indispensable”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 May 2019

On 23 May, Mexico’s federal lower chamber of congress approved the secondary legislation required to establish and regulate the new national guard formally.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 May 2019

On 22 May international human rights NGO Amnesty International (AI) warned that the package of secondary legislation necessary for the creation of Mexico’s national guard (GN) goes counter to international law and undermines human rights.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 May 2019

On 21 May, Germán Martínez Cázares resigned as head of Mexico’s social security institute (IMSS) in the Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 May 2019

On 20 May, a local anti-corruption NGO, Mexicanos Contra La Corrupción y Impunidad (MCCI), published a report exposing alleged links between Carlos Lomelí Bolaños, a federal government delegate for development programmes in Mexico's Jalisco state, and a network of pharmaceutical companies holding government contracts. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 May 2019

On 17 May, US President Donald Trump announced that he would be lifting controversial tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium from Canada and Mexico.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 May 2019

On 16 May, Francisco Romero Díaz, a crime reporter for local dailies and director of local news website Ocurrió Aquí, was murdered in the beach resort of Playa del Carmen, in the Solidaridad municipality of Mexico’s Quintana Roo state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 May 2019

On 15 May Mexican authorities maintained their extraordinary air pollution emergency in Mexico City (CDMX), with a second day of classes cancelled for children and university students across the capital.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 May 2019

As of 14 May, 17 of Mexico’s 32 state congresses had voted in favour of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s education reform, giving it the go-ahead for promulgation into law.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 May 2019

On 13 May, employees from the same federal prison as five workers who were shot dead on their way to work in Puente de Ixtla in the Mexican state of Morelos last week staged protests to demand better security measures.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 May 2019

On 10 May, five employees of a women’s prison and rehabilitation centre (Cefereso 16) in Coatlán del Río in the Mexican state of Morelos were shot dead on their way to work.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 May 2019

On 9 May, Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies and senate both approved the contentious education reform tabled by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 9 May 2019

On 8 May, Mexico’s institute for national transparency, access to information, and protection of personal data (Inai) called for the federal attorney general's office (FGR) to publish the names of all those under investigation in the corruption case involving Odebrecht, the Brazilian engineering firm.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 8 May 2019

On 7 May, the US Department of Commerce announced the termination of the 2013 Suspension Agreement on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico, which regulated and facilitated Mexican exports of fresh tomatoes to the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 7 May 2019

On 6 May, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that while he respected people’s right to demonstrate against his government, such demonstrations will not lead him to alter his government policies.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 03 May 2019

On 2 May, Telésforo Santiago Enríquez, the founder of a community radio in San Agustín Loxicha in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, was found shot dead.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 2 May 2019

On 1 May, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador called upon trade union leaders to unite in support of his efforts to transform the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 1 May 2019

On 30 April, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador urged the US government led by President Donald Trump to ratify the new US-Mexico-Canada regional trade agreement (USMCA).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 April 2019

From LatinNews Daily
- MEXICO: Senate approves labour reform
- In brief: Mexico
On 29 April, Mexico’s 128-member federal senate approved the labour reform proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 April 2019

On 28 April the chief of the municipal police force in Acatzingo in the central Mexican state of Puebla was shot dead by armed assailants.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 April 2019

On 25 April, Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies approved the education reform bill tabled by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 April 2019

On 24 April, Mexican and US authorities responded to reports that Mexican soldiers had confronted members of the US National Guard on US territory along the shared border last week.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 April 2019

On 23 April, dozens of people in the municipality of Minatitlán, in Mexico’s Veracruz state, took part in a march in demand for justice for all those who were killed in a recent armed attack in the town.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 April 2019

On 22 April, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the public security situation in the country will start improving in six months’ time once all of his government’s public security initiatives are fully implemented.

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.