1. AMLO announced on Thursday the establishment of the Consejo Asesor de Empresarios (Business Advisory Council), a group of advisors to the president that will be made up of high profile Mexican business people. The purpose of the Consejo is to support economic growth in Mexico.
2. AMLO presented the Plan Nacional de Paz y Seguridad 2018-2024 (National Plan for Peace and Security) this week. The plan is based on eight main objectives, which include guaranteeing education, health and employment, promoting human rights, eradicating corruption, etc. It will also create a National Guard and establish more regional security coordination.
3. On Friday, Mexico’s Supreme Court declared the controversial Homeland Security Law unconstitutional. According to the Supreme Court, Congress violated several legislative procedures during the lawmaking process, did not consult indigenous communities, did not make a proper distinction between homeland security and public security, and ignored national legislation and international accords that protect human rights by promoting the normalization of the use of the Armed Forces in public security keeping.
4. On Tuesday, the so-called “trial of the century” against Joaquín “EL Chapo” Guzmán Loera began in a Brooklyn federal court under strict security measures. Guzmán has declared himself innocent of the charges of international drug trafficking, conspiracy to murder rivals, money laundering and possession of weapons. If found guilty, El Chapo will face life in prison.
5. President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced a new round of consultations to determine the future of a train project in Southern Mexico, an oil refinery and ten social programs. The new consultation will take place on November 24 and 25.