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MEXICO POLITICS: Graft Probe into Enrique Pena Nieto’s Ally Tricky Challenge Ahead of Election

MEXICO POLITICS: Graft Probe into Enrique Pena Nieto’s Ally Tricky Challenge Ahead of Election

Odebrecht has admitted to U.S. and Brazilian prosecutors that it paid $10.5 million in bribes in Mexico.

Details of the payments have not been made public, though in August, Brazilian and Mexican media reported that Lozoya had asked Odebrecht executives for bribes in 2012 in return for contracts, citing testimony from Odebrecht employees.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Indigenous Woman Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez Registers to Run for Mexican Presidency in 2018

MEXICO POLITICS: Indigenous Woman Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez Registers to Run for Mexican Presidency in 2018

Patricio Martinez, a traditional healer and native Nahua speaker, is originally from the central Mexican state of Jalisco. Her support from the Zapatistas marks a more visible turn for the insurgent movement, which has faded in recent years.

Local media reported that after Patricio Martinez registered with the National Electoral Institute (INE), she pledged not to accept any funding from the government to run her campaign.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Warns US Against ‘Protectionist War’

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Warns US Against ‘Protectionist War’

“We are deeply worried by what the U.S. has added recently in the free-trade negotiations,” said Senator Marcela Guerra, who heads Mexico’s Senate committee on North American affairs.

U.S. President Donald Trump argues that NAFTA has hollowed out U.S. manufacturing, sending jobs to Mexico and fueling a U.S. goods trade deficit of more than $60 billion with its southern neighbor.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Politicians Fear Flunking Quake Test Before 2018 Election

MEXICO POLITICS: Politicians Fear Flunking Quake Test Before 2018 Election

On Tuesday, when a 7.1 tremor struck, he aborted a trip to the first quake’s disaster zone to return to Mexico City, where 38 buildings collapsed killing scores of people, including more than 20 children at a school. Pena Nieto went to the school as rescuers searched for children and adults trapped inside. The death toll from Tuesday’s quake, which struck the capital and nearby states on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 tremor, has reached 230.

Politicians from all sides called for solidarity and praised how Mexicans, many of whom volunteered to help climb through rubble and search for survivors, had come together.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Expels North Korean Ambassador Because of Pyongyang Nuclear Test

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Expels North Korean Ambassador Because of Pyongyang Nuclear Test

An official at the Mexican Foreign Ministry said, however, that President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government was not breaking diplomatic ties with North Korea. The developments come amid high tensions over the North Korean missile and nuclear programs. South Korea, the US, and Japan have been worried by the North’s weapons programs, which Pyongyang has been defiantly advancing as countermeasures to their animosity.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Rejects Comparisons to Venezuela

MEXICO POLITICS: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Rejects Comparisons to Venezuela

“(They are) saying that if MORENA wins Mexico, it’s going to be like Venezuela. That’s a lie!” Lopez Obrador told a crowd of thousands of supporters who rallied at a monument in the nation’s capital.

“We’re not taking inspiration from any foreign government … Neither Maduro, nor Donald Trump.”

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MEXICO POLITICS: Odebrecht Scandal Takes Center Stage

MEXICO POLITICS: Odebrecht Scandal Takes Center Stage

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office denied his campaign took bribes from Odebrecht, calling such suspicions “absurd.” But the scandal threatens to deepen perceptions that the Mexican government is festering with corruption, less than a year out from presidential elections.

“The accusations against Lozoya will reinforce the already widespread discontent against President Pena Nieto’s administration, which is largely driven by voter perception that corruption is rampant. The PRI will have a hard time crafting a campaign strategy that allows them to be competitive,” said political analyst Carlos Petersen of consulting firm Eurasia Group.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Emilio Lozoya Denies Taking Bribes From Odebrecht

MEXICO POLITICS: Emilio Lozoya Denies Taking Bribes From Odebrecht

“Supposing there were accusations against me by confessed criminals, it is important to mention at least that these people can say anything in exchange for a reduced sentence,” Pena Nieto’s confidant Emilio Lozoya wrote in a letter appearing on his Twitter account.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands of Mexicans Protest Against NAFTA

MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands of Mexicans Protest Against NAFTA

The protesters, who numbered up to 10,000 people, took to the streets in Mexico City, saying the trilateral trade deal was ruining Mexican farmers’ and workers’ livelihoods. President Enrique Peña Nieto, the protesters said, has broken the promises he had made to the farmers and workers in regard to land and labor reforms. The protest comes as NAFTA re-negotiations are scheduled to take place from August 16 to 20 in Washington.

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MEXICO POLITICS: PRI Mulls Tweaking Rules for Presidential Selection

MEXICO POLITICS: PRI Mulls Tweaking Rules for Presidential Selection

Corruption scandals, rising gang violence and anemic growth have damaged the PRI’s credibility and battered Pena Nieto’s authority, prompting some in the party to argue it must look beyond the membership if it wants to hold on to power.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Relations With US Cannot Be Defined By ‘Murmurs’: Enrique Pena Nieto

MEXICO POLITICS: Relations With US Cannot Be Defined By ‘Murmurs’: Enrique Pena Nieto

“Given what happened after this meeting (with Trump), our bilateral relationship cannot be defined by murmurs,” Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Carlos Morales Extradition Ratified By Guatemala’s Supreme Court

MEXICO POLITICS: Carlos Morales Extradition Ratified By Guatemala’s Supreme Court

Javier Duarte, who governed Veracruz for President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) until last year, denies any wrongdoing.

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MEXICO POLITICS: PAN Officials Targeted By Government Spying: Report

MEXICO POLITICS: PAN Officials Targeted By Government Spying: Report

“That the government spies, invading privacy of people in this magnitude, is unacceptable,” National Action Party (PAN) head Ricardo Anaya said.

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MEXICO POLITICS: 2016 Murder Exceeds Many Countries At War: Study

MEXICO POLITICS: 2016 Murder Exceeds Many Countries At War: Study

According to a report published that dealt a blow to President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto’s efforts to end a deadly drug war.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Javier Duarte Arrested For Corruption

MEXICO POLITICS: Javier Duarte Arrested For Corruption

Javier Duarte, former governor of Veracruz state wanted on graft and organised crime charges, was detained in a hotel in the colonial town of Panajachel, about 80 miles (129 km) west of Guatemala’s capital, the national police said in a statement.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Hugo Chavez Most Popular President

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Hugo Chavez Most Popular President

Chavez is also perceived as being Venezuela’s most democratic president, with 51 percent of the vote, and the country’s most efficient president, with 57 percent of the vote.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Enrique Pena Nieto Rejects Trump Taxes on Mexican Imports

MEXICO POLITICS: Enrique Pena Nieto Rejects Trump Taxes on Mexican Imports

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto´s government has expressed strong opposition to any such move.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: ‘Dumb Deal’ Drags Australia-US Ties to New Low

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: ‘Dumb Deal’ Drags Australia-US Ties to New Low

U.S. President Donald Trump labeled a refugee swap deal with Australia “dumb” after a Washington Post report of an acrimonious telephone call with Turnbull.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Says Mexico Has Taken Advantage of U.S. ‘For Long Enough’

USA POLITICS: Trump Says Mexico Has Taken Advantage of U.S. ‘For Long Enough’

President Donald Trump kept up his criticism of Mexico on Friday, saying it “has taken advantage of the U.S. for long enough,” as a crisis over border security and trade deepened.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Marcos Pereira Sees Opportunities If US President Trump Pursues Protectionism

BRAZIL POLITICS: Marcos Pereira Sees Opportunities If US President Trump Pursues Protectionism

“So far, Brazil has not appeared in Trump’s sights,” Pereira said. “I think Brazilian manufacturers will not be hurt and that our trade discussions with Washington will continue to advance.”

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