1. The National Regeneration Movement party pre-candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced his presidential agenda priorities. López Obrador will seek to suspend the country’s education and energy reforms. In addition, he plans to hire 2.3 million ninis, young people who neither go to work nor go to school, and pay them a monthly a salary of USD $188.10.
2. The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) pre-candidate, José Antonio Meade, kicked off his presidential pre-campaign in the state of Chiapas. Meade stated that he “wants to be [a] President who closes the gap between the Mexico we are and the Mexico we dream of.” On Thursday, the National Electoral Institute (INE) announced the start of the pre-campaign season for parties and coalitions who will be participating in the 2018 presidential elections.
3. On Friday, the Mexican Senate voted to pass the Internal Security bill. The bill aims to strengthen the role of armed forces role in combating drug cartels. Governors and mayors who request the intervention of the armed forces must adhere to the criteria set by the National Council of Public Security before military intervention takes place. Human rights organizations oppose the bill because they believe it grants excessive power to the armed forces.
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4. The Office of the General Prosecutor (PGR) authorized Elba Esther Gordillo, the former leader of the National Educational Workers Union (SNTE), to be placed on house arrest. The former union leader has been in prison since February 2013, facing tax evasion and money laundering for approximately MX 1.978 billion pesos.