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MEXICO POLITICS: 2018 Presidential Election Grows Chaotic

MEXICO POLITICS: 2018 Presidential Election Grows Chaotic

While acknowledging that their coalition is ideologically incoherent, party leaders hope that the Citizen’s Front will seem like a palatable alternative to the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI – Mexico’s oldest political party. The beleaguered PRI, which has a 20 percent approval rating and has not yet nominated its candidate for 2018, denounced the Citizen’s Front as illegal and sought an injunction against it.

Reactions across the political spectrum were equally strong. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a populist former Mexico City mayor and ex-member of both the PRI and the rival Democratic Revolutionary Party, denounced the Front as a stunt.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Upcoming US Execution of National is ‘Illegal’: Senior Mexican Diplomats Says

MEXICO POLITICS: Upcoming US Execution of National is ‘Illegal’: Senior Mexican Diplomats Says

Mexico does not have the death penalty and opposes it, regularly clashing with the United States when Mexican nationals are set to be executed on U.S. soil. Sada said 54 Mexicans were currently facing U.S. death sentences.

In a news conference in Mexico City, Carlos Sada, Mexico’s deputy foreign minister for North America, told reporters that Texas prosecutors did not follow due process in the case of Ruben Cardenas, who was sentenced to death for raping and killing his 15-year-old cousin in 1997.

“From the start, there has been a failure, and from our perspective, this is an illegal act,” Sada said.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Trump’s 30 Feet Wall Turns Them Into ‘Pariahs’: Mexicans Say

MEXICO POLITICS: Trump’s 30 Feet Wall Turns Them Into ‘Pariahs’: Mexicans Say

“People are still going to cross out of necessity even though they view us as pariahs over there,” said student Paola Gomez, 21, standing outside her home as the noise of workers putting up the sections drifted across the border.

“That’s how it looks with things like (the wall): they view us as pariahs. The worst thing is, it’s being built by Latinos themselves.”

Guadalupe Garcia, 38, who lives on an unpaved street nearby, said she felt powerless to protest even though the construction din often woke and frightened her baby.

“Unfortunately, we can’t do anything about it,” she said. “It’s another country, but it’s affecting us.”

Trump pledged frequently during his presidential campaign to build the wall to help tackle illegal immigration and crime in the United States.

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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: Protesters Block Goldcorp’s Top Peñasquito Mine in Mexico

MEXICO POLITICS: Protesters Block Goldcorp’s Top Peñasquito Mine in Mexico

The entrances to the Peñasquito mine have been occupied since Thursday by protesters who demand the company make good on a commitment to supply nearby communities with water, said Felipe Pinedo, a leader of the protesters.

Pinedo said the protesters were only allowing workers to leave the mine, which is located in northern Zacatecas state and last year produced 465,000 ounces of gold.

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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: Thousands Protest Violence Against Women in Mexico Cities

MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands Protest Violence Against Women in Mexico Cities

“We live with fear and that is a reality,” said Pixie, a 27-year-old teacher.

Similar protest rallies were staged in other Mexican cities. Castilla’s murder was the 83rd of a woman documented in Puebla this year by civic organizations and the 59th publicly acknowledged by the state attorney’s office.

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MEXICO POLITICS: In First, US Defense Chief Jim Mattis to Attend Mexican Independence Day Events

MEXICO POLITICS: In First, US Defense Chief Jim Mattis to Attend Mexican Independence Day Events

Jim Mattis’ planned trip on Friday would be only the fifth by a U.S. defense secretary to Mexico, said Pentagon spokesman Army Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis.

“Secretary Mattis’ visit to Mexico reaffirms our commitment to the bilateral defense relationship and to the North America community,” Davis said.

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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: NAFTA Nations Plan Talks Progress Under Barrage of Trump Treats

MEXICO POLITICS: NAFTA Nations Plan Talks Progress Under Barrage of Trump Treats

“We want to see positive signs of progress at the negotiating tables,” said Moises Kalach, head of the international negotiating arm of Mexico’s CCE business lobby, which is leading the private sector in the talks. “Hopefully we’ll get it, even if it doesn’t have to be stated publicly. Hopefully we’ll start getting closure on some issues.”

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico, Canada Dismiss Trump Threats to Scrap NAFTA Trade Pact

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico, Canada Dismiss Trump Threats to Scrap NAFTA Trade Pact

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray sought to brush off Trump’s threat, saying his remarks were simply a tactic and Mexico would keep negotiating. The comments were not a surprise, nor would they scare Mexico, he added.

“He’s negotiating in his own particular style,” he told local television.

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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 Desperate For Comeback Win

MEXICO POLITICS: PRI Desperate For Comeback Win

Factions within the PRI are struggling to decide whether to let non-party candidates compete for president. In some respect this week’s party assembly that culminates in Mexico City on Aug. 12 will be a battle for the ear of Pena Nieto, who will have the final say. While the PRI has reportedly opted to keep party rules that require its candidate to have been a member for 10 years, that won’t apply if the alliance with the Green Party is maintained.

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MEXICO POLITICS: 2,234 People Killed in Deadliest Month in 20 Years

MEXICO POLITICS: 2,234 People Killed in Deadliest Month in 20 Years

Mexico’s spiraling violence reached new heights with 2,234 murders in June, the country’s deadliest month in at least 20 years, according to government data.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico to Venezuela: Suspend Plans for Constituent Assembly

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico to Venezuela: Suspend Plans for Constituent Assembly

Mexican foreign ministry called on the government of President Nicolas Maduro to shelve the vote “and thereby open the door to a negotiation to resolve the serious democratic crisis Venezuela is going through.”

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