Mexico’s deadly elections: Crime groups target candidates in a fight for turf

06/02/2021

Source: The Washington Post

TAXCO, Mexico — Mario Figueroa sat in his armored SUV, surrounded by bodyguards clutching semiautomatic rifles. The bulletproof vest was stashed behind the back seat.

These days, Figueroa rarely travels without his security team. As a candidate for mayor of this Spanish colonial city — once popular with American tourists, now lashed by drug violence — the 53-year-old businessman has already taken a bullet in the chest.

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Mexico Government Close to Keeping Congress Super-Majority: Poll

06/01/2021

Source: Bloomberg

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s ruling coalition is close to retaining its lower house super-majority in Mexican midterm elections, according to Parametria’s last pre-election poll, in what would be a stronger result than some are expecting.

The president’s Morena party will hold 48% of the lower house of Congress with 239 seats, slightly short of its current 253, Parametria said in a survey shared with Bloomberg News. Lopez Obrador’s coalition will take 315 seats when combined with its allied Green Party and Worker’s Party, just below the 334 required for the super-majority, according to the poll.

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‘Huge incentives to kill’: Mexico crime groups target election candidates

06/01/2021

Source: The Guardian

Tuesday started off like any other day on the campaign trail for José Alberto Alonso, a union leader running for mayor in the Mexican beach resort of Acapulco: he kissed his family goodbye, boarded his Nissan Extreme SUV and headed off to start knocking on doors.

But barely 200m from his home, a motorcycle closed in and the pillion passenger pulled a handgun, peppering the car with bullets. Alonso’s bodyguard returned fire, and the attackers fled. The candidate had escaped injury, but was later sent to hospital suffering from stress.

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Mayoral candidate killed in Mexico; 34 dead so far

05/27/2021

Source: AP

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Yet another mayoral candidate in north-central Mexico has been killed, bringing to 34 the number of candidates murdered nationwide ahead of the June 6 elections.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday the killing was “without doubt” the work of organized crime gangs. The Etellekt consulting firm said the overwhelming majority of the 34 slain candidates were vying for nominations or running for local posts.

Alma Barragán was killed Tuesday while campaigning for the mayorship of the city of Moroleón in violence-plagued Guanajuato state.

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Fake news on the rise ahead of Mexico elections

05/25/2021

Source: France 24

Fake news is multiplying on social networks in Mexico during an election campaign marked by increased political polarization, insults and attacks against candidates and parties, experts warn.

AFP’s fact-checking journalists have debunked several news stories circulating on social media in recent weeks that turned out to be false.

One widely shared post said that the ruling Morena party wanted voters to use new identity cards linked to poll technology firm Smartmatic, which it accused of being “a Venezuelan electoral fraud company.”

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Mexico’s president backs probe of opposition governor candidates

05/11/2021

Source: Reuters

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday he supported the Mexican attorney general office’s criminal investigation of two leading gubernatorial candidates, after the opposition said the probe was politically motivated.

Adrian de la Garza from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is being investigated for vote buying and Samuel Garcia from the Citizen Movement party on allegations of suspect campaign financing ahead of June 6 elections, the attorney general’s office, known as FGR, said in a statement on Monday.

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Mexico says 2 leading candidates in state race to be charged

05/11/2021

Source: SFGate

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a surprise move, federal prosecutors in Mexico said late Monday they plan to file charges against the two leading candidates in a key governorship race in which the ruling party trails.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has complained that election regulators have tried to knock candidates of his Morena party out of governorship races.

But López Obrador risks being accused of doing the same, after the two simultaneous criminal investigations were announced with little time left before the June 6 elections.

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Amlo calls decision to disqualify candidates ‘a blow to democracy’

04/28/2021

Source: The Guardian

Mexico’s president has blasted a decision to disqualify two of his party’s gubernatorial candidates – including one accused of rape – describing the decision by Mexico’s electoral tribunal as “a blow to democracy”.

“Democracy is respecting the will of the people,” said Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as Amlo, at his morning press conference on Wednesday. “In a democracy, it’s the people who decide. It’s the people who give orders.”

Late on Tuesday, Mexico’s electoral tribunal upheld a ruling which disqualified gubernatorial candidates Félix Salgado Macedonio in Guerrero and Raúl Morón in Michoacán from the 6 June elections because they had failed to file campaign expense reports.

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Mexico’s electoral body blocks ruling party candidate in gubernatorial election over spending report

04/28/2021

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s highest electoral authority on Tuesday formally blocked the gubernatorial candidacy of a ruling-party politician, backed by the country’s president, for failing to submit pre-campaign spending reports.

Felix Salgado Macedonio, a former mayor of the popular tourist destination of Acapulco, had been running for governor of the state of Guerrero as a candidate of President Andres Manual Lopez Obrador’s ruling MORENA party.

Lopez sparked controversy with his support for Salgado, who faces a rape allegation which he rejects, despite mounting pressure from feminist groups and members of the ruling MORENA party itself.

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Mexico worried by killings of politicians

03/22/2021

Source: ABC News

MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials condemned the weekend killing of a would-be candidate for mayor in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca.

Ivonne Gallegos Carreño was planning to run for mayor in the small town of Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca before she was gunned down in her car on Saturday.

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