AL DÍA: ¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día: 11/30/12

Each morning, we will bring you an assortment of op-ed pieces from major Mexican dailies.


Templo Mayor: Today Felipe Calderón leaves the position of President of Mexico and it may be a reluctant departure because in the past days his government has gone into a frenzy trying to leave traces of his time as president, from travelling around the country inaugurating works that were not even finished to sending diverse and bizarre bills to Congress; President Calderon may have put Pena Nieto in a predicament while trying to him a favor by promoting Colonel Eduardo Leon Trauwitz to Brigadier General of the Presidential State; Three ministers in the Foreign Service have been promoted by the Chief Executive to the degree of Ambassadors, two of these appointees had served as ministers for 19 years but the third appointee had been a minister for only a month before he was promoted to Ambassador.

La Jornada

Clase Política, Miguel Ángel Rivera,”El siempre olvidado campo”: With last minute initiatives sent to Congress, President Felipe Calderón tried to appear concerned with the country’s most pressing problems, but just like the beginning of his term, he has forgotten and does not understand the field. This critical neglect was pointed out by the National Agricultural Council (CNA) and the Center for Public Finance of the Chamber of Deputies. The CNA said that on the 23rd the federal government issued the elimination of tariffs on nearly 500 food products, undoubtedly this will generate unfair competition in markets that will cause displacement of domestic production along with the loss of thousands of jobs and a negative economic impact in certain regions of the country.



Leo Zuckermann, “Peña debe aceptar las condiciones para fortalecer Gobernación”: Peña Nieto will announce his presidential cabinet today and he must do so in accordance with the Organic Law of Federal Public Administration because he was not able to modify the changes he proposed on time. This issue is particularly important because of Pena Nieto’s idea of demolishing the Public Security Secretariat (SSP) and making it an undersecretary in the Ministry of the Interior. The opposition came from the left and PAN in the Senate and the condition they have laid out for this change is that Congress will have a greater power of control and supervision over the Federal Police that would be in charge in the Ministry of the Interior.



Trascendió: Enrique Peña Nieto has a clear intention in leaving Miguel Osorio Chong to announce the presidential cabinet: he wants to show the strength and power he wants to give to the position of the Secretary of the Interior; At midnight tonight, the National Palace will broadcast the inauguration ceremonies of Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón; The national leadership of the PRD has announced that the Agreement among the major political parties of Mexico will be signed on Sunday in Querétaro; Alejandro Poiré said goodbye to his closest team members at  a dinner held in the Polanco.


El Universal

Bajo Reserva,”Pacto por México, antes de Navidad”:  The leaders of the PRI, PRD and PAN are set to sign the Pact for Mexico before Christmas with the new federal government representatives of Peña Nieto cabinet, the idea is to have the agreement signed within 15 days of the new government takeover to avoid complications; It is believed that Francisco Arroyo Vieyra will be the next president of the board of Chamber of Deputies once Jesús Murillo Karam solicits a request to become the next Attorney General of the Republic; The former governor of Yucatán, Ivonne Ortega Pacheco, has declared interest in taking Pedro Joaquín Coldwell’s place as leader of the PRI party.


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