Headlines from Mexico

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1.This Thursday, the Attorney General of Mexico, Arely Gómez González, has officially announced that she has obtained the apprehension order against former Governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte for illicit enrichment and money laundering. The legal ground to apprehend is unclear givne the legal protections governors in Mexico have. After his resignation last week, Duarte has not been publicly seen and is believed to have left the country. The office of the Attorney General in Mexico has notified INTERPOL which makes Duarte a fugitive in 190 countries.

Read more: Excélsior, La Jornada , Milenio, El Financiero

2.The Secretary of National Defense, Division General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda responded to a question that the Armed Forces in Mexico are suffering from burnout from the massive amounts of tasks that they have needed to handle in the last years including organized crime and other national security tasks that have extended throughout the entire Mexican territory. The Secretary affirmed that there needs to be a stronger legal framework and increase in the number of troops to be able to strengthen the Armed Forces. Cienfuegos also said that despite the challenges, the 230,000-strong force, has a strong moral and sense of duty. The Secretary was attending the  inauguration of the National Defense and Humanitarian International Law at Universidad Anahuac on Wednesday.

Read more: La Jornada, El Universal , Excelsior , Milenio

3. The Mexican congress has approved 2017  Revenue Act. In the law, congress approved a 42 cent increase in the exchange rate with the dollar (leaving it at 18.62), increased the expectations of oil production from 1.928 billion barrels a day to 1.947, and adjusted the expectations of tax revenue. This has led to an artificial increase of the 2017 government budget of 51.3 billion extra pesos. Experts said that these artificial changes were made without any technical advise and that they will present weak results if any at all.

Read more: Reforma, El Economista, La Jornada, Milenio, El Financiero,

4. The Federal Commission of Economic Competition (COFECE) has opened an investigation on a potential pharmaceutical  monopoly . The commission is going to investigate all aspects of the pharmaceutical industry including production, distribution, and commercialization. This is the first time that an entire economic sector is investigated in Mexico. The COFECE has already identified that in the past 5-6 years drug prices have increased by 10%, an inflation above the aggregate economy average.

Read more: El Economista, El Universal, El Financiero, Milenio

Fugitive Governor Further Damages Credibility of Mexico President

10/20/16 InSight Crime

Javier_Duarte_de_OchoaThe former governor of Veracruz, Mexico has gone missing amid a flurry of corruption allegations, dealing another heavy blow to the credibility of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s scandal-plagued administration.

Mexican officials, who suspect that former Gov. Javier Duarte may have left the country, have requested that the international police body Interpol participate in the search for him in 190 countries, reported El País.

Duarte resigned from his post as governor of Veracruz on October 12 to face over 50 allegations against him, according to El País. Officials said on October 19 that an arrest warrant had been issued against the politician for racketeering and corruption charges, reported the Wall Street Journal.

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Mexico finds dehydrated migrants in US-bound lorry

10/21/16 BBC News

immigrationThe Mexican authorities say they have stopped a lorry carrying 121 Central American migrants, who were trying to reach the US illegally.

They were found after police at a checkpoint in the southern state of Tabasco heard calls for help coming from the vehicle and the sound of crying children.

Many of the migrants, who included 55 minors, were badly dehydrated.

Most had come from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador or Ecuador.

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Why Haitians are stranded in Mexico

20/10/16 PRI

In a quiet Tijuana neighborhood, Haitian migrants mill about in the morning light. Some rest on blankets under trees, others play dominoes. Babo Pierrot, 44, wearing a tattered sweatshirt, talks to his wife in Haitian Creole. The couple and their baby boy arrived here about two weeks ago, migrating from Brazil. They had lived there since the massive 2010 earthquake in Haiti forced them to leave.

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El Chapo extradition: Mexico judge rejects appeal

10/20/16 BBC News

elchapoA Mexican judge has rejected an appeal by drugs lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman against his extradition to the US.

The foreign ministry approved the extradition in May but Guzman’s lawyers have been fighting the decision in a district court.

They say they will now take the case to a higher court.

The head of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel was recaptured in January after escaping for a second time from a maximum security prison.

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Warrant for Mexican Ex-Official, Now on the Run, Is Seen as a Step in Graft Fight

20/10/16 The New York Times

DuarteMEXICO CITY — The lush Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, Mexico, suffered all kinds of mismanagement during the nearly six years that Javier Duarte was governor.

Tens of millions of dollars meant for social programs were diverted to phantom companies. Older people were so impoverished by looting of the state’s pension funds that they marched in protest. The state’s main university was stripped of much of its budget. And all the while, Veracruz was plagued by violence, including the murder of 17 journalists, according to figures compiled by a special state committee.

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Mexico City’s Plan To Fight Sexual Assault: Whistles On The Subway

10/21/16 NPR

miguel angel manceraMexico City’s Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera is handing out plastic whistles. A half-million of them. At three bucks a pop, he’s hoping that women will use the whistles to scare off harassers on the packed public transportation system.

When the plan was announced this summer, it received a flurry of scathing criticism and mocking memes on social media. But city officials are moving forward and have been handing out the whistles by the thousands at subway and bus stops.

At the Zapata metro station in the southern end of Mexico City, the buses and subways are packed at midday, the perfect conditions for harassment, say women. Nearly everyone has a story.

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