Los Angeles Times, 12/3/2013
Lopez Obrador, a two-time presidential contender, former mayor of Mexico City and an increasingly contentious figure in Mexico’s political scene, was “progressing satisfactorily,” Dr. Patricio Ortiz, a cardiologist, said in a brief news conference at the Medica Sur hospital. He will remain hospitalized for two to five days for recovery, Ortiz said.
Global Post, 11/28/2013
The head of Mexico’s main leftist party said on Thursday it had pulled out of a cross-party pact on economic reform, which could push the government toward a more radical plan to spur investment in the oil industry wanted by conservatives.
Such a move could herald more intense opposition in the street to President Enrique Pena Nieto’s plans to open up the state-run energy industry to greater private investment.
BBC News, 12/1/2013
Opposition leader Andres Lopez Obrador told the crowd to surround the Congress this week. Mr Pena Nieto says the plan to allow private investment in the oil and gas sector is needed to boost the economy. His approval ratings have slumped to their lowest since he took office a year ago.
The Globe and Mail, 11/15/2013
In Canada, the government can get things through the Commons and Senate, courtesy of its majority in both houses. But negotiate with the opposition parties? Are you crazy?
In Mexico, by contrast, something remarkable and controversial is unfolding. In less than a year, President Enrique Pena Nieto and his party are negotiating with both other parties in Congress on an array of reforms that would leave the legislatures of Canada and the United States breathless.
Leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged senators from Mexico’s largest opposition parties at a rally over the weekend to form a coalition to vote against the energy and tax reforms proposed by the Peña Nieto administration.
Senators from the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, and the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, should vote “with absolute independence, as true representatives of the people,” against the reforms proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto, Lopez Obrador said in a address delivered to thousands of his supporters in Mexico City’s Zocalo plaza on Sunday.
Business News Americas, 10/8/2013
Uncertainty about the timeline and details of Mexico’s energy reform will continue to be high over the coming months as the country’s main political parties spar over a new reform proposal, according to the latest briefing from risk analysis firm Maplecroft.
“The extent of inter-party tensions suggests that negotiations over tax and energy reform could well extend into 2014, and could even ultimately fail, if the [ruling] PRI, the [right-wing] PAN, and the [left-wing] PRD do not succeed in aligning their interests,” the briefing reads.
Los Angeles Times, 9/9/2013
In recent weeks, thousands of members of a feisty teachers union have descended upon Mexico City, blocking streets to protest an education reform measure that includes a controversial new scheme for evaluating teachers. Last weekend, they were joined by thousands more people who oppose Peña Nieto’s plan to open the state-owned oil company, a longtime source of national pride, to foreign investment.
On Monday, the Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, presented its own plan to fix the ailing, outdated oil company without constitutional changes or a greater role for private companies.
Instead, the PRD is proposing to loosen the government’s stranglehold over revenues from Pemex, where 70 percent of profits go to fund the federal budget. Party founder and former presidential candidate Cuauhtemoc Cardenas also said Pemex should be made more indepedent by removing Cabinet secretaries and the oil workers union from the Pemex board seats they now hold.
At a time when politicians in Washington struggle to agree on anything, their Mexican counterparts—who spent the past dozen years locked in bruising battles—sit down almost daily to talk about thorny issues. Sometimes they tip a glass. Sometimes they share a pizza. And, increasingly, they reach agreements.
In the past eight months, Mexico’s Congress has passed a constitutional change to curb the powerful public teachers union; a legal reform to strip public officials of immunity from criminal prosecution; and a telecommunications bill that sharply limits the quasi-monopolistic powers of the country’s biggest telephone company, controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim.