Week of January 26 – February 1, 2019
1. AMLO says the War on Drugs is over
“Officially, there is no longer war. We want peace and we will achieve peace,” said the President when asked during one of his morning press conferences if he arrested a drug lord during the first weeks of his tenure. He said that the government’s role is to ensure citizens security, not to apprehend drug lords.
2. Spain President Pedro Sanchez visits Mexico
President Sanchez’ visit to Mexico City makes this the first official visit to Mexico during President López Obrador’s administration. Mexico City Mayor Sheinbaum declared him “chilango” by giving him Mexico City’s key. The presidents discussed various topics including Spanish history and relations with Mexico, Venezuela, and Trump’s desired wall on the northern border.
3. Ambassador Martha Bárcena: Mexico does not back up Maduro’s regime
After the White House showed a map with the countries supporting the Venezuelan president, including Mexico, Ambassador Bárcena clarified that the government of Mexico supports neither Maduro nor Juan Guaido. Along other diplomatic tensions, Mike Pompeo and Treasury officials cancelled their visit to the country originally scheduled for the beginning of February.
4. Fitch Ratings lowered Pemex score
Following Fitch’s low rating of Pemex, Presidente López Obrador said that the oil company “is better than what it has been in the last 30 years” and indicated that “that group of technocrats are uncomfortable with the change” his administration is leading. He also said the company was “hypocritical” because they allowed the Energy Reform to take place.
5. Teachers from CNTE remain blocking train lines
Ignoring CNTE leader Victor Manuel Zavala’s press conference on allowing the free flow of trains in the state of Michoacán, unionized teachers from Patzcuaro remained blocking train lines because they want to know the results of the three-party dialogue between CNTE, the state, and the federal government.
6. Message threatens the president
Security officers found a message singed by the Fuel Thieves Cartel’s leader Jose Antonio Yepez Ortiz, also known as “El Marro,” in Guanajuato close to the Salamanca refinery, which demands that the president “take federal police out of the state or innocent people will die.” Officers also found an explosive package inside a car nearby. The Office of the President’s spokesperson said they were still determining if this represents a real threat. President López Obrador says he has nothing to be afraid of.