1. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the pre-presidential candidate for the National Regeneration Movement party, known as MORENA, assured that there are no foreign governments supporting his presidential campaign. This comes after Institutional Revolutionary Party’s (PRI) Enrique Ochoa accused the López Obrador campaign of having ties with Russia and Venezuela. López Obrador claims these allegations are part of a “dirty war” that has been waged against his campaign.
2. The Office of the General Prosecutor (PGR) announced that it has filed extradition requests for Cesar Duarte, Chihuahua’s ex-governor affiliated with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Duarte faces federal electoral law and corruption charges. Acting Attorney General, Elías Beltrán, stated that he is working closely with Mexico’s Interpol to locate Duarte.
3. On Thursday, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray, reiterated that Mexico will not pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Videgaray released a statement indicating that “[o]ur [c]ountry will not pay, in any way and under any circumstance, a wall or physical barrier that is built in U.S. territory along the border with Mexico.” Videgaray traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to discuss a bilateral and regional agenda with White House officials and with the Organization of American States (OAS).
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4. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, known as INEGI, 75.9% of Mexican believe that the city where they live is unsafe. INEGI’s findings reveal that there is a greater perception of insecurity in the cities of Reynosa (Tamaulipas), Chilpancingo (Guerrero), Fresnillo (Zacatecas), Villahermosa (Tabasco), and Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz). ATMs are considered one of the most insecure places in the country, as 82.3% of people feel unsafe.