1. Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, the Mexican Interior Minister, announced his resignation on Wednesday. Osorio Chong seeks to run as an Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate for the Mexican Senate. President Peña Nieto named Alfonso Navarrete to lead the Ministry of the Interior.
2. Javier Corral, the governor of Chihuahua, claimed that the federal government withheld approximately $4 million USD, funds aimed to ease the state’s budget crisis. Yet, Governor Corral insists that it is a retaliation tactic that aimed to close corruption investigations involving several members of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto denied Governor Corral’s accusations and reiterated his commitment to “support and coordinate with all [state] governments, regardless of their party origin.”
3. Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with USTR Robert Lighthizer and U.S. legislators to discuss the progress of the on-going NAFTA negotiations. The Mexican peso and stock market plummet amidst the uncertainty of the negotiations. The sixth round of the renegotiation talks will take place from January 23-28, 2018 in Montreal, Canada.
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4. The National Action Party (PAN), Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), and the Citizens’ Movement (MC) were approved to form a partial coalition in the state of Mexico for the 2018 election. There are 236 federal, state, and local offices up for election in the state. January 13th is the last day candidacy coalitions can register in the states of Aguascalientes, Campeche, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas.