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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 December 2018

Development: On 13 December, US President Donald Trump repeated on Twitter his intention to make Mexico pay for a border wall between the two countries.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 December 2018

Development: On 12 December opposition legislators in Mexico’s federal congress accused the Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of seeking to severely undermine the efforts to reform the federal attorney general’s office (PGR).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 December 2018

Development: On 11 December the representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Mexico, Jan Jařab, said that the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador could fall into “committing the same mistakes” as it predecessors with its proposed new national security strategy.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 December 2018

Development: On 10 December, senators from Mexico’s ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party presented an appeal to the supreme court (SCJN), asking it to lift its suspension of the ‘Ley Federal de Remuneraciones’, which bars public officials from earning in excess of the president’s recently reduced salary.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 December 2018

Development: On 7 December Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN) suspended the ‘Ley Federal de Remuneraciones’, which bars any public official from earning more than the president, while it deliberates on a constitutional challenge to the new law.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 07 December 2018

Development: On 6 December Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador submitted his shortlist to the federal senate of candidates to fill the vacant seat at the supreme court (SCJN).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 06 December 2018

Development: On 5 December Alejandro Encinas Rodríguez, Mexico’s new deputy minister for human rights at the interior ministry (Segob), re-affirmed the federal government’s commitment to confronting the problem of forced disappearances in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 5 December 2018

Development: On 4 December, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador agreed to demands from state governors that coordinators appointed by the federal government not intervene in matters of state security.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 4 December 2018

Development: On 3 December the government led by Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador set in motion its 2018-2024 ‘peace and security plan’.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 03 December 2018

Development: On 1 December Gustavo de Hoyos, the president of the Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana (Coparmex) private sector lobby, criticised President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s inauguration speech describing it as “polarising” and “retrograde”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 November 2018

Development: On 29 November, a small group of Central Americans, part of the migrant caravan currently in the Mexican city of Tijuana on the US border, began a hunger strike in front of the offices of Mexico’s migration institute (INM) at the El Chaparral border post.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 November 2018

Development: On 28 November the Mexican government issued a statement in which it explicitly rejects a proposal made by its US counterpart that Mexico should harbour any migrants seeking asylum in the US while their cases are being analysed.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 November 2018

Development: On 27 November, NGO Amnesty International (AI) released a statement in which it denounced the “squalid conditions and unlawful detention” faced by the caravan of Central American migrants currently in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, waiting to seek asylum in the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 November 2018

Development: On 26 November an overwhelming majority of voters who participated in a public consultation organised over the weekend by President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on the ‘Tren Maya’ railway line in the south-east of Mexico, an oil refinery, and 10 social welfare programmes, supported each initiative.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 November 2018

Development: On 25 November the US government decided to close the San Ysidro border crossing that separates the city of San Diego, California, from the city of Tijuana in Mexico’s Baja California state after a group of Central American migrants attempted to illegally and forcefully cross the border into the US. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 November 2018

Development: On 22 November, the mayor of the Mexican city of Tijuana in the border state of Baja California, Juan Manuel Gastélum Buenrostro, declared a humanitarian crisis in the city and asked the federal government to take responsibility for attending to the Central American migrants currently in Tijuana, as they try to reach the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 November 2018

Development: On 21 November a federal judge in Mexico’s Sinaloa state issued a ruling temporarily suspending the application of the recently approved ‘Ley de Renumeraciones’ legislation.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 November 2018

Development: On 20 November, Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that his incoming government does not plan to prosecute former government officials linked to corruption cases after it assumes office.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 November 2018

Development: On 19 November Mexican and US authorities ramped up security at the border crossing in the Mexican city of Tijuana after hundreds of local residents staged protests a day earlier against the presence of Central American migrants trying to claim asylum in the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 November 2018

Development: On 18 November Mexico’s interior ministry (Segob) reported that Héctor ‘El Ingeniero’ Beltrán Leyva died after suffering a heart attack.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 November 2018

Development: On 15 November Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN) ruled that the Ley de Seguridad Interna, the recently approved internal security law, is unconstitutional.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 November 2018

Development: On 14 November Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador presented a new comprehensive ‘national peace and security plan 2018-2024’ that his government will seek to implement once it assumes office on 1 December.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 November 2018

Development: On 13 November the defence lawyer for Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera alleged that his client is a “scapegoat” and that the “real leader” of the Sinaloa drug trafficking organisation (DTO) is Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, who had preserved his freedom by bribing top Mexican government officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and his predecessor Felipe Calderón (2006-2012).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 November 2018

Development: On 12 November Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that he would hold a public consultation in under two weeks on the ‘Tren Maya’ railway line in the south-east of the country, an oil refinery, and 10 social programmes.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 November 2018

Development: On 11 November, Marko Cortés won the internal party leadership elections held by Mexico’s right-wing opposition Partido Acción Nacional (PAN).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 09 November 2018

Development: Mexico’s stock market index fell by 5.8% on 8 November after the leftist Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador presented a bill in the federal senate that would restrict commissions charged by banks.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 08 November 2018

Development: On 7 November Mexico’s foreign minister Luis Videgaray said that Mexico would continue with same “challenges in security, trade and migration” with regard to relations with the US, despite the 6 November US mid-term elections which saw the US Democratic party recover control of the House of Representatives.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 07 November 2018

Development: On 6 November charges of alleged wrongdoing were filed against the outgoing governor of Mexico’s eastern state of Veracruz, Miguel Angel Yunes Linares.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 06 November 2018

Development: On 5 November Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that a national consultation over the proposed construction of a new train line, known as ‘Tren Maya’, will take place between December and January.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 05 November 2018

Development: On 4 November the participants of the VII Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) denounced that the caravans of Central American migrants that are seeking to make their way to the US through Mexico are being mistreated by the Mexican authorities. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 02 November 2018

Development: On 1 November, the first caravan of Central American migrants heading towards the US, which entered Mexico last 19 October, reached the town of Matías Romero in Oaxaca state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 01 November 2018

Development: On 31 October, Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN) ruled, by four votes to one, that the total prohibition of recreational consumption of marijuana is unconstitutional as it contravenes the fundamental right for an individual to freely develop their personality.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 31 October 2018

Development: On 30 October, Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s designated deputy minister for human rights and migration, Alejandro Encinas, said that the incoming government would adopt a “new paradigm” with respect to drugs regulation.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 October 2018

Development: On 29 October Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that his incoming administration will cancel the project to build an entirely new international airport to service Mexico City (NAIM) launched by the outgoing government led by President Enrique Peña Nieto.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 October 2018

Development: On 28 October the organisers of the public consultation held on 25-28 October on the future of the project to build a brand-new international airport to service Mexico City (NAIM) announced that a majority of those that took part in the consultation had voted against it.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 October 2018

Development: On 25 October a group of demonstrators opposed to the building of a completely new international airport for Mexico City (NAIM) staged a protest in Mexico City calling for people to vote against the project in the public consultation on the matter that began on the day. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 October 2018

Development: On 24 October, Mexican daily El Universal reported that Roy Campos, president of national pollster Consulta Mitofsky, said that the future of the project for a new international airport in Mexico City (NAIM) had become a question of partisanship.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 October 2018

Development: On 23 October, Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador rejected the risk of macroeconomic destabilisation in the country should the construction of Mexico City’s new international airport (NAICM) be cancelled.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 October 2018

Development: On 22 October Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador named the two individuals who will lead the defence ministry (Sedena) and the navy ministry (Semar) once he assumes office on 1 December.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 October 2018

Development: On 20 October the presidents of Guatemala and Honduras, Jimmy Morales and Juan Orlando Hernández respectively, held a meeting in which they launched an initiative, ‘Plan Retorno Seguro’ ('Plan Safe Return'), as part of efforts to halt the caravan of Hondurans making their way to the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 October 2018

Development: On 18 October the caravan of over 3,000 migrants heading up from the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula reached the Guatemalan border with Mexico.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 October 2018

Development: On 17 October, Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador waded in to the controversy surrounding a migrant caravan of Honduran nationals currently making its way to the US by saying that his government would implement a system of work visas for Central American migrants.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 October 2018

Development: On 16 October, Isabel Miranda de Wallace, a respected activist and president of local NGO Alto al Secuestro, criticised Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador over a perceived lack of clarity on future security policy.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 October 2018

Development: On 15 October the local media reported that a further ten bodies had been discovered in two mass graves in the municipality of Tonalá, in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 October 2018

Development: On 14 October Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that one of his incoming government’s objectives is for the country to only extract sufficient oil to satisfy Mexico’s domestic market and to stop exporting the resource abroad.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 October 2018

From LatinNews Daily
- Mexico highlights cooperation with Central America
- In brief: Mexico
From Latin American Weekly Report
- MEXICO: López Obrador slips up
- TRACKING TRENDS
Development: On 11 October, along with US Vice President Mike Pence, Mexico’s foreign and interior ministers, Luis Videgaray and Alfonso Navarrete respectively, co-hosted in Washington DC the first day of the second Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 October 2018

Development: On 10 October, the electoral tribunal in the Mexican state of Puebla (Teep) confirmed that Martha Érika Alonso, candidate for the right-wing opposition Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), had won the gubernatorial election in Puebla.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 October 2018

Development: On 9 October, a group of around 100 unionised workers from Mexico’s culture ministry set up a protest camp outside the offices of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador to make a series of salary demands.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 09 October 2018

Development: On 8 October the incoming government of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the early cancellation of the public security consultative forums for peace and national reconciliation.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 8 October 2018

Development: On 7 October Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that his incoming government would consider legalising the medicinal use of opium poppy as a way to help reduce the violence fuelled by drug trafficking in Mexico.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 05 October 2018

Development: On 4 October another mass grave was discovered in Mexico, this time in the western state of Jalisco.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 04 October 2018

Development: On 3 October, Mexico’s future foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard met national legislators from President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party and invited them to ratify the new deal that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 3 October 2018

Development: On 2 October protesters took to the streets across Mexico to honour victims of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico City and demand a full investigation into the repression of the student movement of that year.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 02 October 2018

Development: On 1 October Yeidckol Polevnsky, the president of the leftist Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party, called on Mexico’s federal electoral tribunal (TEPJF) to annul the results of the 1 July gubernatorial election in Puebla state due to the various allegations of irregularities in the vote.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 01 October 2018

Development: On 30 September Mexico’s foreign minister, Luis Videgaray Caso, celebrated the announcement by Canada that it had agreed to subscribe to a new trilateral trade agreement with the US and Mexico that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 September 2018

Development: On 27 September, Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies summoned Alberto Elías Beltrán, the acting head of the federal attorney general's office (PGR) while the position remains vacant, to explain the sentence given to the former governor of Veracruz state, Javier Duarte (2010-2016).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 September 2018

Development: On 26 September, Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised to establish a truth commission to investigate the disappearance in 2014 of 43 students from Iguala, in the state of Guerrero.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 September 2018

From LatinNews Daily
- Mexican federal forces take over security in Acapulco
- In brief: Mexico
From Latin American Security & Strategic Review
- Mexico: Glossing over the cracks
- Mexico: Violence continues
Development: On 25 September, Mexico’s federal security forces took over control of public security in port city of Acapulco, Guerrero state, and relieved the local municipal police force of its duties amid accusations that it had been infiltrated by criminal organisations.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 September 2018

Development: On 24 September, Mexico’s ministry of foreign affairs (SRE) summoned Venezuela’s ambassador to Mexico to reiterate its rejection of Venezuela’s accusations of Mexican diplomats’ involvement in the suspected assassination attempt against Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro last month.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 September 2018

Development: On 22 September Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador expressed his disapproval of the construction of a wall along the shared border with the US while stressing his determination to preserve good relations with US President Donald Trump.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 September 2018

Development: On 20 September the head of the human rights commission in Mexico’s Jalisco state, Alfonso Hernández, accused the state government of manipulating its murder figures to try to hide the true extent of violence in the state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 September 2018

Development: On 19 September, around 3,000 people gathered in Mexico City’s main square to protest the government’s lack of help and funds in the reconstruction efforts following the earthquakes that devastated parts of the country in September last year.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 September 2018

Development: On 18 September residents of Tlapa de Comonfort in Mexico’s Guerrero state marched in protest at the lack of progress in finding the mayor-elect of the nearby town of Cochoapa el Grande, Daniel Esteban González, who disappeared on 2 September along with his driver Juventino García Rojas.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 September 2018

Development: On 17 September Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised demonstrators that his incoming government will hold a public consultation on whether the ‘Los Cardones’ gold mine project should be developed.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 September 2018

Development: On 16 September, Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador sought to assure the public that his government would stick by its campaign commitments, in spite of the country’s state of “bankruptcy”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 September 2018

From LatinNews Daily
- US migration proposal produces divisions in Mexico
- In brief: Mexico
From Latin American Weekly Report
- MEXICO: Power struggle begins
Development: On 13 September the Mexican government was forced to deny that it had accepted a proposal reportedly made by its US counterpart under which the US would pay Mexico a lump sum in exchange for the expulsion of undocumented migrants from its territory so as to prevent them from entering the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 September 2018

Development: On 12 September a group of local police officers staged a demonstration in Guadalajara, the capital of Mexico’s Jalisco state, demanding increased protection against organised crime and better working conditions.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 September 2018

Development: On 11 September, Mexico’s federal chamber of deputies – now dominated by the Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party of leftist President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador – approved a resolution calling for the suspension of the controversial teacher evaluations introduced under the 2012-2013 education reform until the reform is reviewed by the incoming López Obrador administration.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 September 2018

Development: On 10 September the coordinator of the left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party in Mexico’s federal lower chamber of congress, Mario Delgado, announced spending cuts that he claimed would generate savings of M$409m (US$21.2m) over the course of the next three months leading up to the investiture of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador on 1 December.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 September 2018

Development: On 9 September the coordinator of the left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) in Mexico’s federal lower chamber of congress, Mario Delgado, accused five state governments of applying pressure to thwart the legislative agenda of incoming president Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 07 September 2018

Development: On 6 September a mass grave containing 166 human skulls and other body parts, as well as personal belongings and identity cards, was discovered in the state of Veracruz in eastern Mexico.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 06 September 2018

Development: On 5 September, a group of heavily armed men attacked a rural police patrol in Mexico’s southern Guerrero state, leaving one police officer dead and five injured according to a statement by Roberto Álvarez, security spokesperson for the Grupo de Coordinación Guerrero state government agency.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 5 September 2018

Development: On 4 September Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador told the local press that he will retrain members of the federal security forces to carry out public security work as part of his new national security policy.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 4 September 2018

Development: On 3 September Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto presented his final Informe (state-of-the-nation address) before he hands over power to Andrés Manuel López Obrador on 1 December.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 3 September 2018

Development: On 1 September Mexican federal deputies and senators elected in July assumed their seats.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 31 August 2018

Development: On 30 August the local authorities reported that Agustín Banda Olivares, a recently elected local legislator from the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD), had been shot dead by a group of unidentified armed men in Guanajuato state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 August 2018

Development: On 29 August, Ricardo Gallardo, the coordinator of Mexico’s leftist opposition Partido de la Revolución Democrática’s (PRD) party in the incoming new legislature, announced the breakup of the Por México al Frente opposition coalition that contested the 1 July general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 August 2018

Development: On 28 August, Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador met with Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, to discuss a development programme designed to reduce migration from Central America by promoting economic growth.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 August 2018

Development: On 27 August Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that his government had reached an agreement with the US administration led by Donald Trump over new terms for the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 August 2018

Development: On 23 August Damián Zepeda, the president of Mexico’s right-wing opposition Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), said that his party will challenge the final results of the 1 July congressional election released by the national electoral institute (INE).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 August 2018

Development: On 22 August Olga Sánchez Cordero, who has been designated as Mexico’s future interior minister by President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said that the incoming government would propose the decriminalisation of illicit drugs such as marijuana and opium to the United Nations (UN).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 August 2018

Development: On 21 August, Mexico’s future public security minister, Alfonso Durazo, said that he was in favour of legalising marijuana for recreational use.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 August 2018

Development: At a press conference on 20 August, Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador reaffirmed his intention of scrapping the 2012-2013 education reform that was approved by the outgoing government led by President Enrique Peña Nieto.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 August 2018

Development: On 19 August the government transition team appointed by Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the launch of a series of public forums to discuss the drafting of a new national agreement to promote education in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 August 2018

Development: On 16 August, Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that agronomist Víctor Villalobos will head the country’s agriculture, livestock, fishing & rural development ministry (Sagarpa) in his new government, which takes office on 1 December.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 August 2018

Development: On 15 August, following his formal inauguration as Paraguay’s new president, Mario Abdo Benítez said that his government will seek to build an independent justice system to “end impunity”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 August 2018

Development: On 14 August Mexico City’s governor-elect, Claudia Sheinbaum, met with the outgoing governor, José Ramón Amieva, to discuss the ongoing reconstruction efforts after the September 2017 earthquake that heavily affected the city.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 August 2018

Development: On 13 August Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended his government’s proposed development plans for the national oil sector and said that they would not saddle Mexico with huge debts.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 August 2018

Development: On 12 August, a local human rights NGO, the Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez (Centro Prodh), revealed that federal judge Érik Zabalgoitia Novales had ordered Mexico’s attorney general’s office (PGR) to re-open the investigation into the alleged massacre of civilians by Mexican soldiers in Tlatlaya, Estado de México.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 August 2018

*The Mexican confederation of industrial chambers (Concamin) has presented President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government transition team with a series of industrial policy proposals that it says will help to ensure that the domestic economy grows at rate of over 5%.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 09 August 2018

From LatinNews Daily
- ‘La Maestra’ absolved in Mexico
- In brief: Mexico
Development: On 8 August a federal court absolved Elba Esther Gordillo, the former leader of the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE) Mexico’s main teachers’ union, of the money laundering and organised crime charges levelled against her.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 8 August 2018

Development: On 7 August Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador urged victims of violence to “forgive but not forget” at a security policy forum in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua state, revealing societal divisions over his proposed amnesty for criminals.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 7 August 2018

Development: On 6 August Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador touched down in Ciudad Juárez, the border city in the northern state of Chihuahua, ahead of the first of a series of nationwide consultative forums being organised by his Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party over public security strategy.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 06 August 2018

Development: On 5 August Mexico’s national human rights commission (CNDH) alleged human rights violations against eight people, including five minors, by the federal police (PF) in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 03 August 2018

Development: On 2 August Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that his incoming government, which is due to take office on 1 December, will seek to balance the country’s trade with China. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 02 August 2018

Development: On 1 August Gustavo de Hoyos, the president of the Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana (Coparmex) employers’ association, called on President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador to reconsider his appointments for the future heads of the state-owned electricity firm, Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), and the state-run oil company, Pemex.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 1 August 2018

Development: On 31 July Mexico’s interior minister, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, said that Mexico’s homicide rate would fall dramatically if the US did more to stop the flow of cash and illegal firearms coming into the country from its northern neighbour.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 31 July 2018

Development: On 30 July Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador named Manuel Bartlett Díaz as the future head of the state-owned electricity firm Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 July 2018

From LatinNews Daily
- FEIDDF gets to work in Mexico
- In brief: Mexico
Development: On 29 July Mexico’s federal attorney general’s office (PGR) announced that its recently created specialised enforced disappearance investigation unit (FEIDDF) had opened investigations into 28 suspected enforced disappearance cases implicating officers from the navy (Semar).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 July 2018

Development: On 26 July US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told the US Senate Appropriations Committee that, with regard to an agreement in the current renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), “we are probably looking at having to have some conclusion during the course of August”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 July 2018

Development: On 25 July Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador met with a visiting Canadian government delegation led by Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 July 2018

Development: On 25 July a letter from US President Donald Trump responding to Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador was made public.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 July 2018

Development: On 23 July Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced in a press conference seven priority projects, worth approximately US$26bn, that will be undertaken by his incoming government and are to be funded from the savings obtained principally through López Obrador’s proposed ‘republican austerity’ government plan.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 July 2018

Development: On 22 July Marcelo Ebrard, who has been designated as Mexico’s new foreign minister by President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, revealed that López Obrador has sent a letter to US President Donald Trump in which he asks him for his administration to quickly conclude the renegotiation of the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 July 2018

Development: On 19 July the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Mexico issued a statement condemning the assassination of human rights defender Abraham Hernández González.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 July 2018

Development: On 18 July Emilio Gamboa Patrón, the head of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) bench in Mexico’s federal senate, said that his party is in favour of debating the ‘republican austerity’ economic plan proposed by President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 July 2018

Development: On 17 July the prominent Mexican peace activist, Javier Sicilia, urged the incoming government led by President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador not to turn its pledge to pacify the country into “a show” and to expediently work to reduce violence in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 July 2018

Development: On 16 July Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto marked the 90th anniversary of the formation of the federal police (PF) in a special ceremony during which he acknowledged that his government had not achieved enough in reducing violence and insecurity in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 July 2018

Development: On 13 July Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador met a top-level delegation from the US government, led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in Mexico City.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 July 2018

Development: On 12 July representatives from the US, Mexico, Colombia, and Panama held a meeting in the Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias, in which they committed to increasing international cooperation and the exchange of information on the issue of government corruption in Venezuela.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 July 2018

Development: On 11 July Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador unveiled a 12-point legislative plan which he will pass on to the newly elected federal congress for debate after its inauguration on 1 September.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 July 2018

Development: On 10 July, Mexico’s national electoral institute (INE) released new preliminary results for the 1 July federal legislative elections, which suggest that the Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has secured a simple majority in Mexico’s federal congress.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 July 2018

Development: On 9 July, Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised that fuel and energy prices would not increase for the three years after he takes office on 1 December and would then start to fall.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 09 July 2018

Development: On 8 July, the Mexican electoral institute (INE) confirmed the victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the presidential election a week earlier.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 06 July 2018

Development: On 5 July, Mexico’s incoming president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced that Marcelo Ebrard would serve as his foreign minister when he assumes office in December.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 05 July 2018

Development: On 4 July the victor in Mexico’s presidential elections, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, held a meeting with Juan Pablo Castañón, the president of one of the country’s main umbrella business associations, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE), to discuss future cooperation.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 04 July 2018

Development: On 3 July Mexico’s presidential victor Andrés Manuel López Obrador held a meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto in the national palace to discuss the five-month transition period.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 03 July 2018

Development: On 2 July Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the victor in Mexico’s 1 July presidential election, took telephone calls from the heads of government of Mexico’s partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), US President Donald Trump and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 2 July 2018

Development: On 1 July, three of the four presidential candidates running in Mexico’s general election held that day conceded defeat and recognised Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the leftist Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party as the winner of the presidential election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 June 2018

Development: On 28 June Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, the head of Mexico’s national electoral institute (INE), said that the electoral authorities are fully prepared for the 1 July general election, which will be the most observed and closely monitored in the country’s history.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 June 2018

Development: On 27 June, the final day of the offical electoral campaign ahead of Mexico's 1 July general election, the clear frontrunner for the presidency, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the lefitst Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party, declared that Mexico was on the verge of beginning “the fourth transformation in [the country’s] history”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 June 2018

Development: On 26 June Mexico’s national electoral institute (INE) and the federal electoral tribunal (TEJPF) called on all candidates taking part in the 1 July general election and the general public to accept the results of the vote whatever they may turn out to be.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 June 2018

Development: On 25 June, Emigdio López Avendaño, a candidate from the left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party, standing for election for the local congress in Mexico’s southern-western state of Oaxaca, was assassinated along with four supporters by an unidentified shooter.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 June 2018

Development: On 24 June Izquierda Democrática (IDN), a faction of Mexico’s left-wing Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD), announced that it would switch its support in the upcoming 1 July presidential election from Ricardo Anaya, the candidate for the Right-Left Por México al Frente coalition, to Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the candidate of the leftist Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 June 2018

Development: On 21 June, Luis Carlos Ugalde, a former president of Mexico’s national electoral authority, said that there is growing evidence that drug-trafficking money is being used to finance electoral campaigns in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 June 2018

Development: On 20 June the authorities in Mexico’s western state of Michoacán reported that Omar Gómez Lucatero, an independent mayoral candidate running in the 1 July general election, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 June 2018

Development: On 19 June, Mexico’s foreign minister, Luis Videgaray Caso, condemned the new US policy of separating irregular migrant children from their parents as “inhumane and cruel” and called on the US to fully respect children and migrant rights

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 June 2018

Development: At a press conference on 18 June, human rights groups revealed that a Mexican court had sentenced two military officers to 19 years imprisonment for the rape of Valentina Rosendo Cantú, an indigenous woman from the me’phaa community.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 June 2018

Development: On 17 June, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the presidential candidate for the leftist Juntos Haremos Historia coalition, called on supporters of the federally ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) and the opposition Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) to unite behind his movement.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 June 2018

Development: On 14 June Alejandro Chávez Zavala, an incumbent candidate for the mayor’s office of Taretan municipality in Mexico's Michoacán state, was assassinated by a group of armed men.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 June 2018

Development: On 13 June Ricardo Anaya, the presidential candidate of Mexico’s Right-Left Por México al Frente opposition coalition in the 1 July general election, accused his rival from the Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of awarding state contracts to friends during his time as Mexico City mayor.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 June 2018

Development: On 12 June, Mexico’s four presidential candidates participated in the third and final official televised debate ahead of election day on 1 July. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 June 2018

From LatinNews Daily
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Development: On 11 June Senator Ernesto Cordero formally accused Ricardo Anaya, the presidential candidate of Mexico’s Right-Left Por México al Frente opposition coalition, of money laundering.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 June 2018

Development: On 10 June Ricardo Anaya, the presidential candidate of Mexico’s Right-Left Por México al Frente opposition coalition, proposed that, should he be elected in the 1 July general election, he would create a special and independent prosecutor’s office to investigate President Enrique Peña Nieto.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 08 June 2018

Development: On 7 June, Ricardo Anaya, the presidential candidate of the Por México al Frente Right-Left opposition coalition, accused Mexico's ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) of spreading false rumours against him.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 07 June 2018

Development: On 6 June Mexico’s agricultural committee (CNA), an agricultural sector lobby, said that the country should avoid rising prices at home by looking for alternative trade partners from the US.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 6 June 2018

Development: On 5 June, the frontrunner in Mexico’s presidential election, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the leftist Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party, tried to settle his differences with Mexican business leaders.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 5 June 2018

Development: On 4 June, thousands of Mexican teachers staged demonstrations in Mexico City and in the country’s southern states to demand, among other things, the cancellation of the education reform promulgated by President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2013.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 4 June 2018

Development: On 2 June, the authorities in Mexico’s central Puebla state reported that a local deputy candidate in the 1 July general election and a local city councillor had been shot dead by presumed criminals.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 01 June

Development: On 31 May, Mexico’s economy ministry (SE) announced that it would be adopting retaliatory measures and imposing tariffs on a range of US import products after the US government confirmed that it would be imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Mexico, Canada, and the European Union (EU).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 31 May 2018

Development: On 30 May the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called on the Mexican government to fully clear up recent incidents of suspected enforced disappearances by the federal security forces in the north-eastern border state of Tamaulipas.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 May 2018

Development: On 29 May, the Confederación Patronal Mexicana (Coparmex), Mexico’s largest business sector lobby, called on the federal government to adopt immediate actions to address the rising public insecurity in the country and restore the defunct public security ministry (SSP).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 May 2018

Development: On 28 May, human rights groups celebrated a decision by a district judge forcing Mexico’s attorney general's (PGR) to re-evaluate allegations that the Mexican government had spied on its opponents.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 May 2018

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Development: On 24 May, journalist Alicia Díaz González was found dead in her home in Monterrey, the capital of Mexico's northern state of Nuevo León, having apparently been severely beaten.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 May 2018

From LatinNews Daily
- NGO denounces vote-buying in Mexico
- In brief: Mexico
Development: On 23 May local NGO Acción Ciudadana Frente a la Pobreza reported that it has detected instances of vote-buying and coercion in at least 25 of Mexico’s states ahead of the 1 July general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 May 2018

Development: On 22 May, Mexico’s national maize producers confederation (CNPAMM) accused the four presidential candidates seeking election in the 1 July general election of failing to provide details of their proposed agricultural policies.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 May 2018

Development: On 21 May, the labour & social welfare minister of the Mexican state of Jalisco, Luis Carlos Nájera, previously the state’s attorney general, narrowly escaped an attack by a dozen armed assailants which also left three state police officers and four bystanders injured.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 May 2018

Development: On 20 May, Mexico’s second presidential debate took place on the campus of the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC) in the border city of Tijuana.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 May 2018

Development: On 17 May Mexico’s foreign ministry (SRE) presented the US Department of State with a diplomatic note of complaint.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 May 2018

Development: On 16 May Margarita Zavala, an independent presidential candidate in Mexico’s 1 July general election, announced that she was withdrawing her candidacy.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 May 2018

Development: On the morning of 15 May, journalist and radio presenter Juan Carlos Huerta was shot dead outside his home in Mexico's south-eastern state of Tabasco.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 May 2018

Development: On 14 May, Mexico’s national human rights commission (CNDH) called on the Mexican authorities to guarantee the safety of all candidates running in the general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 May 2018

From LatinNews Daily
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- In brief: Mexico
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Development: On 13 May local education advocacy NGO Mexicanos Primero heavily criticised Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the presidential candidate of the leftist opposition Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party in the 1 July general election, for promising to repeal the 2012-2013 education reform if he wins election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 May 2018

Development: In a radio interview on 10 May Eva Cadena, a Veracruz state deputy, called on the electorate not to vote for Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the presidential candidate of the left-wing opposition Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party, in the 1 July general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 May 2018

Development: On 9 May, a new report published by the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (Unicef) found that 51.1% of Mexican children and teenagers lives in poverty in 2017.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 09 May 2018

Development: On 8 May, the leading candidate in Mexico’s presidential election, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the leftist opposition Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party, said that he would consider legalising drugs to reduce levels of violent crime in the country.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 08 May 2018

From LatinNews Daily
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- In brief: Mexico
Development: On 7 May the bodies of two electoral candidates were found in Mexico's northern border state of Chihuahua.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 04 May 2018

Development: On 3 May, the frontrunner in Mexico’s presidential election, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, accused prominent national business leaders of waging “a dirty war” to deny him victory in the 1 July general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 03 May 2018

Development: On 2 May Enrique Ochoa Reza, the president of Mexico’s ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), announced that he was stepping down, and would be replaced by René Juárez Cisneros.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 02 May 2018

Development: On 1 May Ricardo Anaya, the presidential candidate of the Right-Left Por México al Frente opposition coalition in the 1 July general election, said that if elected he would increase the country’ minimum wage by 115% to M$160 (US$10.00) per day.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 1 May 2018

From LatinNews Daily
- Mexico’s Anaya reaches out to PRI
- In brief: Mexico
Development: On 30 April, Ricardo Anaya, the presidential candidate of the Left-Right Por México al Frente coalition, appealed for a strategic vote in his favour in order to defeat the clear frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of the left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party, in Mexico’s general election on 1 July.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 April 2018

Development: On 29 April, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, the presidential candidate of Mexico’s ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), met with the governor of Chiapas state, Manuel Velasco Coello, and promised to promote the state’s economic development if elected in the 1 July general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 April 2018

Development: On 26 April, the frontrunner in Mexico’s presidential race, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and one of his main rivals, José Antonio Meade, both took to the campaign trail in the violence-afflicted north of the country where they presented differing proposals for improving public security.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 April 2018

Development: On 25 April, the Untied Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) asked the Mexican government for further information about attacks on human rights defenders and indigenous people.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 April 2018

Development: On 24 April, hundreds of people marched through the central Reforma avenue in the capital of Mexico's Jalisco capital, Guadalajara, to call for justice after three cinematography students disappeared last month.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 April 2018

Development: On 23 April, the attorney general’s office of Mexico’s Jalisco state said that it believes that the three cinematography students kidnapped in the state last month have been murdered by the Cártel Nueva Plaza drug trafficking organisation (DTO).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 April 2018

Development: The first of Mexico’s three official presidential debates took place on 22 April in Mexico City, covering the issues of corruption and impunity, public security and violence, and democracy and pluralism.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 April 2018

Development: On 19 April, over 500 people came out to call for justice for three missing university students in Guadalajara, capital of Mexico's western state of Jalisco.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 April 2018

From LatinNews Daily
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- In brief: Mexico
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Development: On 18 April, Mexican daily Reforma published a new voting intention poll which shows that Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the presidential candidate of the left-wing opposition Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party, is continuing to increase his lead over his rivals ahead of the 1 July general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 April 2018

Development: On 17 April, a group of candidates running in Mexico’s 1 July general election, including independent presidential candidate Margarita Zavala and José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, the presidential candidate of the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), requested that the electoral authorities provide them with increased security during the campaign period. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 April 2018

Development: On 16 April, Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim warned that halting the construction of Mexico’s new international airport (NAIM) would “cancel [economic] growth in the country”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 April 2018

Development: On 14 April, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto met with US Vice President Michael Pence in Lima, Peru, after US President Donald Trump dropped out of the Summit of the Americas.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 April 2018

Development: On 12 April, the mayor of Tlanepantla, in Mexico's central state of Puebla, was gunned down while driving his car.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 April 2018

Development: On 11 April, Maribel Barajas Cortés, a young female candidate running for a state legislative seat in Mexico's western state of Michoacán, was killed.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 April 2018

Development: On 10 April, there was widespread criticism of the decision by Mexico’s electoral court a day earlier to allow Jaime ‘El Bronco’ Rodríguez Calderón to stand as an independent in the presidential elections on 1 July. Significance: Rodríguez Calderón is not going to win the presidential election but his participation in the contest will take votes away from the current frontrunner, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of the left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 April 2018

Development: On 9 April, Mexico’s main presidential candidates expressed their support for the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) during an appearance before the general assembly of the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) in Mexico.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 9 April 2018

Development: On 7 April, hundreds of Central American migrants taking part in the ‘Viacrucis del Migrante’ caravan demonstrated in Mexico City to demand respect for migrant rights and to protest against US President Donald Trump.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 06 April 2018

Development: On 5 April, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto delivered a nationally televised address in which he demanded that US President Donald Trump show more respect to Mexico and its people if he wants to resolve bilateral issues.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 05 April 2018

Development: On 4 April Mexico’s foreign ministry (SRE) made it clear that the deployment of US National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border will seriously damage bilateral relations.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 4 April 2018

Development: On 3 April, the Mexican government asked the US for clarification on President Donald Trump’s remarks that the US military would patrol the southern border while his proposed border wall is built.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 3 April 2018

Development: On 2 April, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, the presidential candidate of the Mexico’s ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), outlined his plans to combat government corruption and insisted that he will be unflinching in this regard if elected.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 March 2018

Development: On 28 March Luis Raúl González, the head of Mexico’s national human rights commission (CNDH), accused the incumbent government led by President Enrique Peña Nieto of allowing violence and impunity to increase during its single six-year term, which comes to an end in December.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 March 2018

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Development: On 27 March, Mexico’s national human rights commission (CNDH) announced it had sent personnel to the city of Nuevo Laredo in north-eastern border state of Tamaulipas.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 March 2018

Development: On 26 March, the governments of Mexico and the US signed three agreements to facilitate customs inspections, enhance border security, and improve safety for agricultural exports.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 March 2018

Development: On 24 March, hundreds of people took the streets of Mexico’s second city, Guadalajara, to demand that the local and federal authorities find four university students who were reported missing last week.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 March 2018

Development: On 22 March Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and the presidential candidate of the federally ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) in the upcoming 1 July general election, José Antoio Meade Kuribreña, said that the country’s recently approved structural reforms will help to promote Mexico’s economic development in the medium term and must not be abandoned.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 March 2018

Development: On 21 March, two independent candidates who failed to meet the requirements to stand in the presidential election on 1 July accused Mexico’s national electoral institute (INE) of irregularities.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 March 2018

Development: On 20 March, an activist for Mexico's left-wing opposition Partido del Trabajo (PT) was killed by unknown assailants in Oaxaca state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 March 2018

Development: On 19 March, the presidents of the three opposition parties supporting the presidential candidacy of Ricardo Anaya denounced before the Organization of American States (OAS) the alleged misuse of Mexican state institutions by the federally ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) to blacken Anaya’s name ahead of July’s general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 March 2018

Development: On 16 March, Mexico’s national electoral institute (INE) announced that Margarita Zavala was the only aspiring independent candidate to have met the requirements to be entitled to stand in presidential elections on 1 July.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 March 2018

Development: On 15 March, 18 members of the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) drug trafficking organisation (DTO) were arrested on suspicion of the abduction and murder of two agents working for Mexico’s federal attorney general’s office (PGR) last month.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 March 2018

Development: In an interview with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), published on 14 March, the former head of the specialised electoral crimes unit (Fepade) division at Mexico’s attorney general's office (PGR), Santiago Nieto Castillo, claimed a government official attempted to bribe him to stay silent about the Mexican government’s involvement with Brazilian engineering company Odebrecht.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 March 2018

Development: On 13 March the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), a leading private university, released a new report (IGI-MEX 2018) which showed that impunity is on the rise in Mexico.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 March 2018

Development: On 12 March Mexico’s electoral court ruled that there should be no limit on the number of debates that can be held between the country’s presidential candidates ahead of the official start of the campaign on 30 March and afterwards.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 March 2018

Development: On 11 March, the Mexican army, federal, and state police in the western state of Jalisco moved in on the headquarters of a local municipal police force, disarming 734 municipal police officers.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 09 March 2018

Development: On 8 March, Mexico’s national electoral institute (INE) announced that three of the 86 independent candidates who were seeking to register to run for the 1 July presidential contest had successfully completed the registration process.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 08 March 2018

Development: On 7 March Mexican opposition leaders demanded President Enrique Peña Nieto reveal the full extent of what he discussed with the son-in-law and senior advisor of US President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 7 March 2018

From LatinNews Daily
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- In brief: Mexico
Development: On 6 March, Mexico’s foreign ministry (SRE) confirmed that US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House advisor, Jared Kushner, will meet Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 6 March 2018

Development: On 5 March, the negotiating teams from Mexico, Canada, and the US announced the conclusion of the seventh round of the renegotiation of the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) held in Mexico City from 25 February.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 05 March 2018

Development: On 4 March Ricardo Anaya, the presidential candidate of Mexico’s Por México al Frente opposition coalition, called on President Enrique Peña Nieto of the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) to stop interfering with the electoral process leading to the 1 July general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 02 March 2018

Development: On 1 March, the authorities in Mexico’s central Puebla state reported that Aarón Varela Martínez, a mayoral candidate for the left-wing national opposition Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party, had been murdered near the town of Santa Clara Ocoyucan.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 01 March 2018

Development: On 28 February Mexico’s Por México al Frente opposition coalition, which is fielding Ricardo Anaya as its presidential candidate, accused the federal attorney general’s office (PGR) of acting politically ahead of the 1 July general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 28 February 2018

Development: On 27 February, Mexico’s foreign ministry (SRE) claimed that meetings between Mexican government officials and US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House advisor, Jared Kushner, were only to discuss bilateral accords.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 27 February 2018

Development: On 26 February, the president of Mexico's national commission on human rights (CNDH), Luis Raúl González, said that the reigning insecurity, violence, and impunity, particularly in certain Mexican states, is a savage indictment of the state’s failure in its basic responsibility to protect the life of its citizens.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 February 2018

Development: On 25 February, the authorities in Mexico’s Guerrero state reported that Dulce María Rebaja, a pre-candidate for the Guerrero state legislature from the federally ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), had been shot dead.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 February 2018

Development: On 22 February, José Antonio Meade, the presidential candidate of Mexico’s ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), incorporated two grandees into the party’s campaign team in a bid to revive his faltering fortunes in the polls.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 February 2018

Development: On 21 February, presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya from the Por México al Frente coalition accused the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) of spreading false accusations against him.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 21 February 2018

Development: On 20 February, presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya from the Por México al Frente coalition, told local daily El Universal that he was not worried that independent candidate Margarita Zavala could steal votes from him.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 20 February 2018

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Development: Three presidential aspirants met the deadline of 19 February to register as independent candidates for Mexico’s elections on 1 July.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 February 2018

Development: On 18 February, Mexico’s green party, Partido Verde Ecologista de México (PVEM), broke off their alliance with the federally ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) in the southernmost state of Chiapas.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 February 2018

Development: On 15 February, the authorities in Mexico’s western Nayarit state reported that they had found what they believe to be the remains of two agents from the federal attorney general’s office (PGR) thought to have been abducted recently by the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) drug trafficking organisation (DTO).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 February 2018

Development: On 14 February, Veracruz’s former public security minister, Arturo Bermúdez Zurita, and 18 other police officers and officials were placed under preventative arrest for allegedly covering up enforced disappearances in 2013.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 14 February 2018

Development: On 13 February Ricardo Anaya, the presidential candidate of Mexico's Por México al Frente opposition coalition, said he was a victim of spying from the federal civil intelligence agency (Cisen).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 13 February 2018

Development: On 12 February, the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE), Mexico’s main teachers’ union, approved changes to its internal structure and re-elected Juan Díaz de la Torre as its main leader.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 February 2018

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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 09 February 2018

Development: On 8 February, Miguel Angel Yunes, the governor of Mexico's south-eastern state of Veracruz, announced charges of "enforced disappearance" against 19 current or former state police officials and officers.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 08 February 2018

Development: On 7 February the local authorities in Mexico City (CDMX) said that they were investigating the appearance of banners supposedly put up by the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) drug trafficking organisation (DTO) in the capital this week.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 7 February 2018

Development: On 6 February, Mexico’s ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) announced that Francisco Rojas, a PRI federal deputy and mayoral precandidate in the 1 July general election, had been shot dead by unidentified assailants.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 6 February 2018

Development: On 5 February, Mexico’s Catholic episcopal conference (CEM) called on the national authorities to investigate and fully clear up the murder of two Catholic priests in the south-western state of Guerrero that same day.  

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 5 February 2018

Development: On 4 February Ricardo Anaya, the presidential candidate of the Por México al Frente opposition coalition in Mexico’s 1 July general election, publicly denied the allegations that he has used one of his foundations to launder money and conduct dubious business.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 02 February 2018

Development: On 1 February, representatives from Mexico’s ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) presented a formal complaint against the governor of Chihuahua state, Javier Corral, to the specialised electoral crimes investigation unit (Fepade) of the federal attorney general’s office.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 01 February 2018

Development: On 31 January a local civil-society group, Acción Ciudadana Frente a la Pobreza, and experts challenged claims by the Mexican government led by President Enrique Peña Nieto regarding poverty reduction efforts.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 31 January 2018

Development: On 30 January, Mexico’s interior minister, Alfonso Navarrete, said the goverment would send 5,000 members of the federal security forces to different areas in the country to reduce violence.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 30 January 2018

Development: On 29 January, President Enrique Peña Nieto ordered the deployment of federal police (PF) to try and stem the tide of violence in Mexico.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 29 January 2018

Development: On 27 January, the Centro de Derechos Humanos Zeferino Ladrillero (CDHZL) called for Mexico’s federal interior ministry (Segob) to open an investigation into the abduction of Marco Antonio Sánchez Flores by Mexico City police officers. 

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 26 January 2018

Development: On 25 January Mexico’s tourism minister, Enrique de la Madrid, proposed the full legalisation of marijuana in the country’s touristic areas, in order to make these “safer”.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 25 January 2018

Development: On 24 January the authorities in Mexico’s northern city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas state, reported that criminal groups were engaged in shootouts with the security forces and had blockaded roads around the city.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 24 January 2018

Development: On 23 January, Mexico’s economy minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said that the Mexican government was prepared to continue renegotiating the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) with its partners until after Mexico’s 1 July general election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 23 January 2018

Development: On 23 January, the government of Mexico's violence-riven southern state of Guerrero revealed the discovery of the remains of at least eight people in a clandestine grave.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 22 January 2018

Development: On 21 January Senator Gabriela Cuevas Barrón abandoned Mexico's right-wing Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) and threw her weight behind the presidential campaign of the current frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 19 January 2018

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From Latin American Weekly Report
- MEXICO: Politics turned upside down
Development: On 18 January attorney general's office (FGE) in Mexico’s south-western state of Guerrero announced that it was investigating the murder of Gabriel Hernández Alfaro, a leader of the small centre-right Partido Encuentro Social (PES) party, who was killed in the Guerrero municipality of Petatlán.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 18 January 2018

Development: On 17 January Mexico’s leftist opposition Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD) announced that Alejandra Barrales has been selected as its candidate for the Mexico City (CDMX) gubernatorial election.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 17 January 2018

Development: On 16 January the governor of Mexico's northern state of Chihuahua, Javier Corral, announced that he would lead a protest caravan and march against corruption to Mexico City.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 January 2018

Development: On 15 January, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Mexico condemned the murder of a local journalist Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez, killed on 13 January in the city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 15 January 2018

Development: On 14 January, the governor of Mexico’s northern state of Chihuahua, Javier Corral, addressed a large rally at which he accused the federal government of punishing his administration financially for its uncompromising investigation of official corruption.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 12 January 2018

Development: On 11 January, the value of the Mexican peso against the US dollar fell sharply in currency markets in Mexico amid growing speculation that US President Donald Trump is preparing to announce the US’s withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 11 January 2018

Development: On 10 January Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto conducted a mini-cabinet reshuffle following the resignation of Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 10 January 2018

Development: On 9 January the governor of Mexico’s northern Chihuahua state, Javier Corral, issued a statement announcing that his government will present a formal complaint against the federal government led by President Enrique Peña Nieto before the supreme court (SCJN) over the alleged economic reprisals taken against his administration.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 9 January 2018

Development: On 8 January, the governor of Mexico's northern state of Chihuahua, Javier Corral, accused the federal government of punishing his administration financially for its uncompromising investigation of official corruption.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 08 January 2018

Development: On 7 January the local authorities in Mexico’s Guerrero state reported that 11 people had been killed during a shootout between unidentified gunmen in the city of Acapulco.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 5 January 2018

Development: On 4 January, the former governor of Mexico's Quintana Roo state, Roberto Borge (2011-2016), arrived back in Mexico after being extradited by Panama.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 04 January 2018

Development: On 3 January the presidential candidate of Mexico's federally ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, denied being “the father of gasolinazos”, as Mexicans refer to a sharp increase in fuel prices.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 03 January 2018

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Development: On 2 January Mexican authorities confirmed the killing of a fifth politician in the space of a week.

LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 2 January 2018

Development: On 1 January, Jaime ‘El Bronco’ Rodríguez Calderón formally took leave of absence as governor of Mexico's north-eastern state of Nuevo León in order to seek the presidency on 1 July.