Mexico president, missing students’ relatives at odds after meeting

October 30, 2014

10/29/14 Los Angeles Times

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More than a month after 43 college students were led away by police and never seen again, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday met with relatives of the missing men in a bid to shore up flagging public faith in the search. But the families apparently turned the tables on the normally well-choreographed president, rejecting his proposed approach and refusing to leave his headquarters in Mexico City for more than six hours. Peña Nieto went on TV to promise a 10-point plan to find the students and address other grievances, while the families angrily denounced what they saw as official negligence. “All the powers of state, and they cannot find our children,” a father said at a chaotic news conference after the meeting.

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Missing students and murders eclipse reforms push in Mexico

October 14, 2014

10/10/14 Reuters

Enrique Pena NietoFor nearly two years, President Enrique Pena Nieto has sought to direct the Mexican public’s gaze onto his efforts to open the economy and away from the brutal gang violence that blighted his predecessor’s government. But shocking abuses by security forces are overshadowing his economic reforms and threaten to ruin his efforts to recast Mexico as a country of progress and promise for investors. Two recent atrocities and a brace of political murders have torn the veneer of calm Pena Nieto had carefully built around his economic agenda since he took office in December 2012.

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Enrique Pena Nieto: Mexico Ready to Lead Change Processes in Latin Americ

September 22, 2014


Enrique Pena NietoMexico is going to lead processes of change in Latin America, which has ceased to be an arena of economic crises, coups and various political issues in recent years, the country’s President Enrique Peña Nieto said during a trip to New York. “Mexico wants to be at the top of these changes, and in the two years that I was in office, we decided to take a deep modernization that will allow us to move [forward] and change the character of our country,” El Universal quoted the president as saying when he was awarded the Citizen of the World prize by US nongovernmental organization The Atlantic Council on Sunday.

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Mexico President Proposes Bill For Bullying, Underage Migrants

September 3, 2014

Enrique Pena Nieto09/01/14 The Wall Street Journal

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said he would present to Congress Monday proposals for a new law to protect children and adolescents, including measures to curb a growing problem of bullying in schools and actions to protect unaccompanied underage migrants. Speaking at an event in which his government outlined programs aimed at eradicating child labor, Mr. Peña Nieto said he would for the first time submit the proposal as a preferential bill, which means legislators will have 30 days to act on it. The use of preferential bills avoids the possibility of the proposal being shelved in Congress, or its debate and approval or rejection dragged out for months. Mr. Peña Nieto didn’t use preferential bills for any of his previous initiatives, which included major overhauls of education, telecommunications, energy and banking laws.

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Our reform programme will build a better future for Mexico – President Peña Nieto

August 21, 2014

08/20/14 Financial Times. By Enrique Peña Nieto 

Enrique Pena NietoMexico’s reform agenda is now complete. Eleven structural reforms were passed by congress over the past 20 months.

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Mexico signs landmark energy law, speeds up timetable

August 12, 2014

08/11/14 Los Angeles Times

Enrique PeñaNieto 2President Enrique Peña Nieto on Monday signed into law Mexico’s landmark energy reform legislation and announced that his government could name as early as this week the first oil and gas fields that will be opened up to foreign investors.

“It is the moment to put the energy reform into action,” Peña Nieto said in an elaborate signing ceremony at the National Palace.

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Mexico Opens New Era as Pena Nieto Signs Energy Law

August 11, 2014

08/11/14 Bloomberg

Enrique Pena NietoPresident Enrique Pena Nieto formally opened Mexico’s state-controlled energy industry to private investment, saying the nation will accelerate steps for the first round of private contracts.

Pena Nieto signed legislation today that completes steps to end the monopoly on energy production held by state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos since 1938. The law sets guidelines for private companies seeking to produce oil and electricity, and allows the government to assume pension liabilities from Pemex and the state-owned utility Comision Federal de Electricidad.

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