1. The Green Environmental Party of Mexico (PVEM) transferred five of its 16 members to the parliamentary group of MORENA, allowing López Obrador’s party to reach 252 members and attaining an absolute majority in the House of Representatives. MORENA will now be able to preside the Lower House’s Political Coordination Board (JUCOPO) for three years and the Lower House Presidency for one year. The five PVEM congressional representatives who are now in the parliamentary group of MORENA are Francisco Elizondo, Nayeli Fernández, Humberto Pedrero, Erika Uribe and Ann Patricia Peralta. This political realignment occurred after MORENA modified its vote in the Senate to grant Manuel Velasco, PVEM Senator and current Governor of Chiapas, a leave of absence so that he could return to his role as governor.
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2. President Enrique Peña Nieto gave his sixth and final State of the Nation Address. President Peña Nieto’ speech was a summary of a 738-page document that the Secretary of the Interior (SEGOB), Alfonso Navarrete Prida, presented to the presidents of the Lower and Upper House last Saturday. The speech covered five main areas: peace, inclusiveness, education, economic growth, and Mexico’s role in the world. President Peña Nieto emphasized that the structural reforms were the transcendental achievement of his administration since they have been the means to advance towards a freer, sustained and prosperous society.
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3. Upcoming Secretary of Finance, Carlos Urzúa, announced that Santiago Nieto, former director of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Electoral Offenses (FEPADE) and key investigator of the Odebrecht activities in Mexico, would lead the Unit of Financial Intelligence (UIF) of the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP). Nieto will be the person in charge of tracking illegally obtained resources and money laundry. Nieto said that the UIF would work in conjunction with the Secretariat of Public Security (SSP), the General Attorney’s Office (PGR), and with the Auditing Technical Unit of the National Electoral Institute (INE) to fight corruption.
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4. President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced the names of the three main Deputy Secretaries of the Economy. Luz Maria de la Mora will be in charge of Foreign Trade, Francisco Quiroga will be in charge of Mining, and Ernesto Acevedo Fernández will be in charge of Industry and Commerce. The future Deputy Secretaries of the Economy will support Graciela Márquez, the incoming Secretary of the Economy, to implement AMLO’s main economic policies: the creation of a duty-free zone alongside the U.S.-Mexico border, a program to assist small and medium entrepreneurs in alienated regions of the country, and a series of programs to attend mining communities.
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5. President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador declared that during the first days of his administration, the federal government would invite the private sector to bid for petroleum wells and to construct a new refinery in the state of Tabasco. With this, the incoming government will attempt by to revitalize the country’s hydrocarbons industry.
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