1. The National Electoral Institute (INE) has ordered the Office of the General Prosecutor (PGR) to remove press releases and video of pre-presidential candidate for the Frente Ciudadano por México coalition, Ricardo Anaya. The video shows Anaya arriving to the PGR office to request information on whether or not he  was a part of the investigation against Manuel Barreiro. The INE has also ordered the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to suspend all media ads against Ricardo Anaya as campaign media cannot favor nor discredit a candidate during the interim campaign period.

Read more: Reforma, ExcelsiorJornada, Milenio

2. David Rogelio Colmenares Páramo was confirmed to serve as the chief auditor of the Superior Audit Office (ASF) for an eight year term. The role of the chief auditor is to conduct independent investigations relating to corruption and present evidence to an administrative judge. Colmenares Páramo received 377 of 500 votes from the Chamber Deputies despite the abstention from members of the National Action Party (PAN) and some members of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).

Read more: Excelsior, El Universal, Jornada, Milenio

3. The United Nations Human Rights Commission released a new report denouncing the use of torture and the manipulation of evidence during the Ayotzinapa investigation. According to the report, 34 people were either tortured or were victims of other human rights violations during the investigation into the disappearance of 43 students from the Iguala municipality. Amnesty International (AI) has recommended that Mexico “establish an independent, impartial criminal investigation system [as well as to] eradicate the human rights violations committed by investigators.”

Read more: Jornada, Excelsior, El Universal, Milenio

4. The Office of the General Prosecutor (PGR) arrested 18 members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in Puerto Vallarta. Among the individuals who were arrested was Mauricio Varela Reyes, the individual presumed to have ordered the murder of two agents from Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) in Xalisco, Nayrit in mid-February.

Read more: Jornada, El Universal, Excelsior, Milenio




1. In Mexico, seven women are murdered everyday according to a study published by the UN Women, the Mexican government, and Mexico’s National Institute of Women (Inmujeres). Colima, Guerrero, Zacatecas, Chihuahua, and Morelos were the states with the largest number of deaths. Jan Jarab of the UN Office of Human Rights urges the government to “provide the necessary resources to prevent and eradicate femicides.” A new installation of 60 Venus signs sculptures which resemble crosses in a cemetery are located in Parque de la Luz in Mexico City to commemorate the lives of women who have been killed.

Read more: El Economista, Proceso, Jornada, El Universal 

2. On March 5th, the seventh round of NAFTA negotiations concluded in Mexico City. The following chapters have come to close at the end of the round: Good Regulatory Practices, Administration and Publication, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. The eighth round of negotiations will take place in the Washington, D.C. area in April.

Read more: El Economista, Excelsior, Milenio, El Universal

3. José Antonio Meade, presidential candidate for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), has named federal deputy Sara Latife Ruiz Chávez as tourism coordinator for his campaign. Meade’s office stated that the integration of Ruiz Chávez will ensure that the campaign will develop mechanisms that will maximize the economic benefit of Mexican families who depend on the tourism. Ruiz Chávez served on the cabinet of former governor of Quinta Roo Roberto Borge, who was extradited from Panama to Mexico earlier this year.

Read more: El Universal, Reforma, Excelsior, Jornada



1. The seventh round of the NAFTA renegotiation talks are underway in Mexico City. The good regulatory practices chapter was the only one that came to a close. Kenneth Smith Ramos announced substantial progress has been made chapters on sanitary and phytosanitary measures, telecommunications and technical barriers to trade.

Read more: Expansion, Reforma, El Universal, El Financiero

2. The United States ambassador to Mexico, Roberta S. Jacobson, will leave her post in May. Ambassador Jacobson stated: “I have come to the difficult decision that it is the right time to move on to new challenges and adventures. This decision is all the more difficult because of my profound belief in the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship and knowledge that it is at a crucial moment.” The Trump administration has yet to announce its nominee to succeed Ambassador Jacobson.

Read more: El Universal, Jornada, Expansion, Excelsior

3. The Office of the General Prosecutor (PGR) has the authority to issue an arrest warrant for Manuel Barreiro Castañeda. Barreiro Castañeda is a  business man allegedly involved in a money laundry scheme that benefitted the pre-presidential candidate for the Frente Ciudadano por México coalition, Ricardo Anaya. Last Sunday, Anaya visited the PGR office to request he be informed whether or not he is being a part of the investigation against Barreiro. The National Electoral Institute’s (INE) electoral adviser, Marco Baños, stated that the Institute will not initiate an investigation against Anaya at this time.

Read more: Milenio, El Economista, El Universal, Excelsior

4. The Federal Police (PF) will provide protection to Mexico’s presidential candidates. National Security Commissioner, Renato Sales Heredia, stated that candidates will have security, “whether or not they want it”, as they travel across the country. Sales Heredia indicated that the Federal Police force will coordinate with the National Electoral Institute (INE) and the political parties to ensure that candidate’s safety as well as the safety of voters casting their ballots on July 1.

Read more: Excelsior, Milenio, El Universal, Reforma

Headlines from Mexico


1. Manuel Barreiro Castañeda, an entrepreneur linked to presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya, is under investigation for money laundering. Barreiro Castañeda was involved in a real-estate transaction that sold one of Anaya’s properties. On Wednesday, the Office of the General Prosecutor (PGR) confirmed it received a complaint in October 2017. A federal judge prohibited the PGR from issuing an arrest warrant for Barreiro Castañeda until the investigation concludes.

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, El Universal, Milenio

2. The National Electoral Institute (INE) has announced a solution that fast tracks the vote counting process. The Institute proposes to use an operations sheet (hoja de operaciones) that will record the following information for each precinct: election results, null votes, unused ballots, incidents, and any other relevant information. INE envisions that the fast-track vote will allow the Institute to predict a winner in the presidential race the same day of the election.

Read more: El Universal, Jornada, Excelsior, Milenio

3. The Energy Regulation Committee (CRE) observed uncompetitive practices from liquefied petroleum gas companies, and reported this to the Federal Comission on Economic Competitiveness (Cofece). The Cofece is now conducting an investigation, which has rendered “strong indication” of firm collusion to limit LPG supply, and in turn, manipulating prices.

Read more: El Economista, Expansion, Proceso, Excelsior

4. Three Italian men were detained by the local police in Tecatitlán, Jalisco on January 31, and were never heard from again. There is an ongoing search to find them, with the Tecatilán police as the main suspect.

Read more: El Financiero, Milenio, El Universal, Excelsior



1. The pre-presidential candidate for the Frente Ciudadano por México coalition, Ricardo Anaya, accused the Investigation and National Security Center (CISEN) of espionage. Alfonso Navarrete, Mexico’s Interior Minister, affirmed that the Interior Ministry partnered with the government of Veracruz to monitor Anaya’s pre-campaign for security purposes, not espionage. Navarrete ordered the suspension of a CISEN sub-delegate in Veracruz because the delegate failed to inform the Interior Minister of the event.

Read more: Excelsior, Milenio, Jornada, El Universal

2. The National Electoral Institute (INE) must ask the independent candidates for the Presidency of the Republic for information on the citizen support signatures they have compiled. The Superior Chamber of the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF) issued a ruling ordering the INE to conduct investigations to determine if there is an alleged traffic of electoral rolls used by some aspirants to gather rubrics. According to the INE, 187 people obtained the proper accreditation to run as independent candidates in the 2018 election.

Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, Reforma, El Financiero

3. The Morelos of Chilapa convent school is now closed. Bishop Salvador Rangel Mendoza stated that the school’s administrators and a group of nuns abandoned the school following the murder of the mother, father, and sister of a nun.

Read more: Excelsior, Proceso, El Universal, Milenio

4. Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR), stated that “the armed forces are prepared for [a change in government] and will support the president, regardless of the party that nominates him.” Soberón Sanz proposed that the armed forces work closely with state governors and municipal presidents in order to create a safe electoral environment when people are heading to the polls.

Read more: Jornada, Milenio, El Universal, Excelsior

Headlines from Mexico


1. The Government Board of the Mexican Bank (Banxico), decided to increase the interest rate from 7.25 to 7.50 percent. They also stated their goal is to reduce inflation down to 3 percent by 2019.

Read more: Milenio, El Financiero, Jornada, Expansion

2. José María Guizar Valencia, a leader of the cartel, Los Zetas, was captured by the Marines in Mexico City. In 2014, the United States had offered a 5 million dollar reward for anyone with information helpful to his capture.

Read more: Excelsior, Milenio, El Economista, El Universal

3. In the past year, 44 percent of businesses affiliated with the Coparmex, the Mexican Employers Confederation (Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana) were victims of a crime and encountered corruption from a public official.

Read more: El Universal, El Economista, Milenio, El Financiero

4. The National Citizen Observatory (Observatorio Nacional Ciudadano) released a crime assessment declaring that, in 2017, a person died every 18 minutes due to homicide. These record numbers made 2017 the most violent year in the past 10 years.

Read more: Reforma, El Universal, El Economista, Excelsior

Headlines from Mexico


1. On Monday, January 29th, the sixth round of the NAFTA renegotiation talks concluded in Montreal. The anti-corruption chapter was the only one that came to a close at the end of the round. Negotiators announced substantial progress has been made on chapters related to digital commerce, sanitary measures, and telecommunications. The seventh round of the renegotiation talks will take place in Mexico next month.

Read more: El Economista, El Universal, Expansion, Milenio

2. Mexico and the United States are evaluating the viability of deploying armed U.S. air marshals on cross-border commercial flights, according to an official document obtained by Reuters and a Mexican official. Mexico’s National Security Commissioner, Renato Sales, clarified that “it would be applicable to strictly commercial and U.S. flights [and] not on Mexican airlines.” Yet, Sales said that an agreement has not been reached amongst both countries.

Read more: El Norte, El Financiero, Jornada, El Universal

3. The amount of remittances sent to Mexico reached a new, historic high. In 2017, remittances reached a growth of 6.6 percent as the country received 28,771 millions of dollars. A total of 93.4 million remittance transactions were completed. On average, Mexicans received an average of USD $308 via electronic transfers.

Read more: El Financiero, El Universal, El Economista, Milenio

4. Alfonso Navarrete, Mexico’s Minister of the Interior, stated that there are “neither operative nor strategic strategies [currently in place] to reduce the [involvement] of the armed forces in issues of public security.” In addition, Navarrete assured that “in the past couple of days, homicides rates [in the states] of Guerrero, Baja California, Colima, Nuevo León y Quintana Roo have been reduced.”

Read more: Excelsior, El Economista, El Financiero, El Universal