1. Former state governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, arrived in Mexico this week after being extradited from Guatemala. Duarte is facing charges of embezzlement and organized crime. He was arrested on April 15 in Guatemala after having been on the run for over 5 months. He is currently being held in the Northern Prison (Reclusorio Norte) until his next hearing.
2. Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) announced that the unemployment rate is at the lowest it’s been in 11 years at 3.3% in June. Previously, the lowest rate was at 3.2% in February 2016. The rate is also 0.7% lower than it was in June of last year.
3. On Thursday, a patrol of marines in Tláhuac, the southeastern part of Mexico City, were attacked by members of an organization that is believed to control groups of drug dealers in that area. Amongst the eight dead suspected gang members was its leader, Felipe de Jesus Luna, “El Ojos”. His death led to violent reactions, and at least 23 people were arrested for acts of violence, including setting 3 vehicles on fire.
4. The Mexican economy ministry informed this week that the first round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation will take place from August 16th to the 20th. They expressed optimism in completing the renegotiation process by January 2018, and before the presidential election campaign season.