Mexican regulators ban showing president’s full conferences


Source: The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s election regulatory agency announced Tuesday it will ban media outlets from transmitting at full length President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s daily morning news conferences.

The temporary ban is aimed at ensuring equity in the country’s June congressional and state elections, after opposition parties complained that López Obrador uses the conferences to tout his public works projects and criticize opponents.


Mexico’s president says army to run Maya train project


Source: KSAT San Antonio

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday the army will run the Maya train project and several airports, and use any profits to finance military pensions.

The army is already overseeing construction on some parts of the controversial project, while private firms build the rest.


Mexico’s central bank fumes over cash law as affront to its autonomy


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -Mexico’s central bank on Thursday hit back against a draft law moving through Congress, saying the legislation sold as a fillip for migrants jeopardized its independence and could force it to handle the proceeds of drug cartels.

Mexico’s Senate on Wednesday passed the bill that would make the Bank of Mexico (Banxico) buy up cash that commercial banks cannot return to the financial system. That, critics say, could mean the bank has to absorb money made by organized crime.


After weeks of caution, Mexican president set to recognize Biden win -sources


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s president is expected to congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden next week on his victory once it is certified, three officials told Reuters, after weeks of waiting that have upset allies of the incoming U.S. leader.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is among a handful of world leaders yet to recognize Biden’s election victory over Republican President Donald Trump, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.


Mexican president replaces economy minister with political ally


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday nominated his former campaign chief Tatiana Clouthier to replace Graciela Marquez as economy minister, a change which could give new impetus to his efforts to repair bruised ties with business.

Clouthier, a federal congresswoman and scion of a notable political family, played a major role in Lopez Obrador’s 2018 election campaign. But she initially opted not to be part of the federal government when he took office in December that year.


To save money, Mexican president says won’t replace chief-of-staff


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday he would not replace his outgoing chief-of-staff Alfonso Romo and will close down his office in order to save money.

Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday that Romo, a longtime ally and millionaire entrepreneur known for his outreach to business groups, would step down after two years in the job.


Mexico president’s rating at one-year high with election in sight: poll


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s approval rating has risen to its highest level in a year with barely six months to go before legislative elections, an opinion poll showed on Sunday.

The face-to-face survey of 1,000 Mexicans between Nov. 12-18 by polling firm Buendia & Laredo showed Lopez Obrador had the support of 64%, bolstered by his social spending programs. Just 25% disapproved of him, according to the poll.


Mexico’s military gains power as president turns from critic to partner


Source: The Los Angeles Times

MEXICO CITY — As a candidate for president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador slammed Mexico’s armed forces and the “mafia of power” that he said controlled them. He accused soldiers of human rights abuses in the country’s bloody drug war and publicly clashed with Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, then secretary of defense.

But after taking office, López Obrador changed his tune, embracing the same military leaders he had once bashed.


Mexico’s Ruling Party Risks Rupture as Internal Fight Escalates


Source: Bloomberg

Mexico’s ruling Morena party risks rupture after the two main candidates in an internal leadership contest exchanged angry accusations that the other is trying to illegitimately take over the movement.

Electoral authorities declared last week’s contest between veteran leftist Porfirio Munoz Ledo and the party’s lower house leader Mario Delgado a tie, but Munoz claimed victory over the weekend, saying he would take his seat as Morena president at party offices on Monday. That plan didn’t pan out, with Munoz then writing in a tweet that Delgado’s supporters had taken over the offices “in a violent assault.”


Between the Pandemic and the President: Mexico City Mayor’s Balancing Act


Source: The New York Times

MEXICO CITY — It was a perfect portrait of the delicate relationship between the Mexican president and his protégée.

With the pandemic raging, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador drew his allies in for a photo op. Mask-free and eager to please, they all squeezed in tight — except one: Claudia Sheinbaum, one of his most trusted confidantes.

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