Mayor defends conservative community against disparaging remarks by AMLO

10/06/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

The mayor of a Mexico City borough has defended the residents of one neighborhood he represents after President López Obrador declared that conservatism flourishes there.

Speaking at his regular news conference on Monday, López Obrador asserted that “there is more conservative thought in Colonia Del Valle than in Las Lomas.”

Del Valle is a middle class neighborhood on Mexico City’s south side while Las Lomas is an affluent district in the capital’s west side.

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Interior minister shuffled to Senate to be replaced by governor of Tabasco

08/27/2021

Source: Mexico Daily News

Olga Sánchez will be replaced by Adán Augusto López to take No. 2 post in federal government

The minister responsible for Mexico’s domestic affairs will return to the Senate and her post will be taken by the governor of Tabasco, President López Obrador announced Thursday afternoon.

Olga Sánchez Cordero, 74, has served as minister of the interior since the López Obrador administration took office on December 1, 2018. She returns to the Senate, to which she was elected in September 2018, prior to which she was a Supreme Court justice for 20 years.

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‘Mexico had enough’: protesters block president from daily televised address

08/27/2021

Source: Reuters

Mexican teachers in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas on Friday blocked President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from entering a venue in the regional capital where he was due to hold his daily televised news conference.

The leftist president was forced to deliver his remarks via a video call on his phone from a car in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas, while inaudible protesters shouting and speaking on a megaphone could be heard in the background.

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Mexico’s middle class, ‘opponents of AMLO,’ form 4 of 10 households

06/15/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

The middle class — which President López Obrador characterized last week as a political opponent — forms 41% of Mexican households.

About 14.5 million families belong to that segment of the population, according to the 2020 census and data from the Mexican Association of Market Research Agencies (AMAI).

The ruling Morena party fared poorly in the June 6 midterm elections in states and in boroughs of the capital which have large middle class populations.

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Mexico’s political parties did the minimum to meet gender parity rules. Female candidates scored big anyway.

06/14/2021

Source: The Washington Post

On June 6, voters in Mexico elected six female governors. That’s a breakthrough: Until these results, only nine women had been governors in Mexico since women got the vote in 1953.

These new female governors are the latest evidence of Mexico’s progress toward “parity in everything,” a 2019 constitutional reform requiring gender balance for all elected and appointed posts in the legislative, executive and judicial branches at the federal, state and municipal level. Yet Mexico’s political parties remain old boys’ clubs.

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Mexico president signals new cabinet changes after finance minister move

06/10/21

Source: Reuters

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday he will be making adjustments in his administration following Sunday’s elections in which his allies lost lower house seats.

Lopez Obrador did not give additional details of what other changes he was contemplating following the announcement on Wednesday that he would tap his finance minister to run the central bank and a close ally to lead the finance ministry.

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AMLO’s Ruling Party Sees Support in Mexico City Crumble

06/07/2021

Source: Bloomberg

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s Morena party saw its dominance in Mexico City crumble in Sunday’s midterms, as some in the country’s educated classes turned against the government.

Having previously ruled 12 of Mexico City’s 16 districts, Morena looks like it will take home few more than half of them this week.

Fed up with entrenched corruption, many educated Mexicans voted for the populist Lopez Obrador in 2018 but have since been put off by his nationalism and bombastic rhetoric. The divide in Mexico City encapsulates that of the country, as the working class eastern part of the city backed the president’s party, while the richer western side voted for the opposition.

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More Than 100 LGBTQ Candidates Are Competing In Mexico’s Election

06/03/2021

Source: NPR

MEXICO CITY — For years, transgender activist Roshell Terranova protested in the streets and knocked on the doors of Mexico’s Congress to make the demands of the country’s LGBTQ community known. Now thanks to her efforts and an electoral rule change, Terranova is running for Congress in a first for Mexico.

Terranova will be one of more than 100 members of Mexico’s LGBTQ community participating in Sunday’s mid-term elections that will fill the 500 seats of the lower chamber of the Congress, as well as state and local posts across the country. It is the largest number of LGBTQ candidates in Mexico’s history, according to Carla Humphrey, an official with the National Electoral Institute.

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What Does President Biden Need To Understand About Mexico?

04/20/2021

Source: Forbes

Early in his presidency Joe Biden will be forced to deal with a number of issues related to Mexico including asylum seekers at the border, ongoing disputes related to trade, how to respond to “Dreamers” and other long-term undocumented residents, and evolving problems relating to organized crime and violence. In engaging with Mexico, Biden finds himself liaising with one of the most enigmatic and charismatic leaders in the Americas. Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is a uniquely polarizing and controversial figure. He is pro-coal and hostile to renewable energy. He disparages feminist activists and promotes traditional family values. He is anti-elite but fosters close alliances with some of Mexico’s billionaires. He is anti-neoliberal but favors cash handouts over improving government capacity. Foreign analysts and observers often struggle to characterize him. Is he a socialist? A progressive? An old-school conservative? 

Lopez Obrador brands himself as a leftist who battles Mexico’s “conservatives,” but he also openly embraced former U.S. President Trump and has offered a cold initial reception to President Biden. To discuss Mexico’s President Lopez Obrador and the current state of US-Mexico relations, I reached out to Patrick Iber, a professor of Latin American history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Mexican candidate accused of rape vows to block elections

04/12/2021

Source: The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican ruling party state candidate accused of rape, who later had his candidacy canceled by regulatory authorities on other grounds, said Sunday he will not allow elections in his home state unless he is allowed to run.

Félix Salgado is running for the governorship of the troubled Pacific coast state of Guerrero. While two women accused him of rape, he has not been charged and was allowed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena party to continue running.

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