Headlines from Mexico

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1. Peña Nieto promotes an agenda for robust and inclusive economic growth to the G20. The President of Mexico participated in the first working session of the G20 summit where he stressed Mexico’s strong commitment to sound public finances.

 Read more: Excélsior, La Jornada, Milenio, El Financiero, Milenio, El Universal

2. APEC Summit concludes as Mexico seeks to strengthen Mexico’s relationship with Asia Pacific. Mexico is a global actor: Peña Nieto. “Mexico is a country that is not isolated from the world and that is the reason why Mexico is participating in global summits.” President Peña Nieto stressed that these relations can be beneficial for the economy of all Mexicans.

Read more:  El Universal,  Excélsior, El Economista, Milenio , Excélsior, Jornada

3. Senate of the Republic approves Federal Law of Transparency. The Senate approved the Federal Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information, in which 261 new obligations are contemplated for the three government branches, autonomous bodies, political parties and unions. 88 senators voted in favor, 3 voted against and 3 abstained.

Read more: La Jornada, Milenio, Reforma, Excélsior, CNN México

4. The Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) reported a 97.83% level of participation in the exam of teacher evaluation. 1,377 teachers were unable to fulfill this requirement due to blockades by the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) . The evaluation exam for these teachers has been rescheduled for November 21st and November 22nd.

Read more: El Universal, Milenio, El Financiero, Excélsior, CNN México



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1.  Enrique Luis Graue Wiechers announced as UNAM’s new president.  Enrique Luis Graue Wiechers  will be the new president  of the National Autonomous University of Mexico from 2015 – 2019. The Governing Board  announced on Friday, November 6th  the election of the director of the Faculty of Medicine, Enrique Luis Graue, as José Narro’s successor. Narro will leave his office on November 16, 2015.

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

2. Pope Francis will visit Chiapas, Michoacán, Chihuahua and Mexico City: Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Claudia Ruiz  Massieu, confirmed that Pope Francis will visit the states of Chiapas, Michoacán, Chihuahua and Mexico City during this trip in February, 2016. At the same time, Massieu stressed that Pope Francis will meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto. Pope Francis will visit both the northern and southern borders of Mexico and he is expected to address the issue of migration.

Read more:  Reforma, La Jornada, CNN Expansión, El Financiero

3. Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies approves the Expenditure Budget of the Federation for 2016. The Chamber of Deputies overwhelmingly approved the Expenditure Budget of the Federation for next year with 441 votes in favor, 38 against and 7 abstentions.

Read more: Excelsior, Reforma , La Jornada, Milenio, El Universal 

4. Agustin Basave is the new national president of the PRD. Augustine Basave Benitez and Beatriz Mojica Morga became the new national leaders of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). The National Council of the PRD elected both Augstin Basave and Beatriz Mojica as President  and Secretary General respectively with 295 votes, out of the 304 members who attended the assembly.

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, Aristegui Noticias, Milenio, El Financiero

5. INE removes registration from the Labor Party (PT). The General Executive Board of the National Electoral Institute (INE) agreed to remove the Labor Party’s registration. The decision was made after the PT failed to accumulate 3% of the national vote required during the past June elections.

Read more: Excelsior, Reforma, Milenio, Aristegui Noticias

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1. The path to legalize marijuana. The Supreme Court of Justice opened the door to legalizing  marijuana after declaring unconstitutional the prohibition to cultivate and consume it for recreational purposes. In a 4-1 vote, the First Chamber of the Supreme Court ruled in  favor of personal marijuana use. The ruling applies only to four members but it has opened the door to a wider discussion about  legalization in Mexico.

Read more: Milenio, La Jornada, El Universal, Aristegui Noticias, Excelsior

2. Enrique Peña Nieto meets Raul Castro in Yucatán this Friday. President Enrique Peña Nieto will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro this Friday in Mérida, Yucatán on Castro’s first visit to the Mexican state since he assumed the presidency in 2006.  During this visit, both leaders will hold private meetings as well as with their official delegations. Cuba is Mexico’s third largest trading partner in the Caribbean; in 2014, trade amounted to $374 million.

Read more: Aristegui Noticias, Excelsior, Milenio, Excelsior, SRE 

3. Ramón Pérez Diaz is appointed as the interim governor of Colima. The Chair of the Board of Notaries of Colima, Ramón Pérez Diaz, will serve as the interim governor of Colima from November 1, 2015 until January 18, 2016. Extraordinary elections will be held on January 17, 2016.

Read more: Excelsior, El Financiero, CNN Mexico, La Jornada, Excelsior

4. Court annuls permission for Monsanto to produce transgenic soy. The second chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN) overturned the permission granted by the General Directorate of Plant Protection of the National Health Service, Safety and Food Quality (SENASA) to the transnational Monsanto for the production of transgenic soy. In addition the SCJN ordered the authorities to carry out a consultation with the indigenous communities of of Yucatán, Chiapas and the Huasteca plain before a new permission was granted for crop planting.

Read more: La Jornada, Proceso, Animal Político, El Economista, Aristegui Noticias, Milenio

5. Mexican Senator Omar Fayad withdraws Cyber-crime Bill. The Mexican senator requested to withdraw the Federal Law to Prevent and Punish Cyber Crime or the “Fayad law” as it became known after intense criticism and backlash from Internet users on social media outlets.

Read more: Milenio, El Universal, Reforma, Excelsior, CNN México

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1.  “Patricia is the strongest weather phenomenon ever recorded in Mexico: Conagua.” ‘This is the most intense hurricane ever recorded in history’ said Roberto Ramirez, managing director of the National Water Commission (CONAGUA). Hurricane Patricia, turned into a Category 5 hurricane last Thursday night. The hurricane is expected to arrive this Friday afternoon around 16:00 – 18:00, local time. It could cause waves up to 8 m. (27 ft) and winds of  200 km/h (125 mph) in Colima, Jalisco and Michoacán

Read more: CNN México,  El Universal, Excelsior 

2. United States blocks Merida Initiative’s fund for Mexico over human rights. The Mexican government said it rejects any kind of unilateral practice that judges the condition of individual rights in any country. 15% of the funds renewed annually by US Congress for the Initiative are conditional on Mexico’s progress over human rights.

Read more: CNN México, El Universal,  El Economista, La Jornada, Milenio

3.  The Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary announced the annulment of the gubernatorial elections in Colima due interference from state officials. With 4 votes in favor and two against, the judges reached the conclusion that there had been interference by public officials in the election after they received a video. Rigoberto Salazar Velasco, the Secretary of Social Development of the state, admitted to local congress that it was his voice in the audios ordering support for the PRI candidate, José Ignacio Peralta.

Read more: Excelsior, Milenio, La Jornada, El Universal 

4. ‘El Chapo is injured after fleeing special forces.’ Joaquin El Chapo Guzman was injured after capture attempt by federal forces in the Sierra Madre Occidental confirmed the Mexican government. In a statement, the security cabinet informed that Guzman Loera was not injured during a clash, but in a hasty escape.

Read more: CNN México, La Jornada, Mexico Institute

5. Special Prosecutor Office for Missing  People is created. The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) formalized the creation of the Special Prosecutor Office for Missing People as a request from President Enrique Peña Nieto during his recent meeting with relatives of the missing normalistas  of Ayotzinapa.

Read more: Reforma, La Jornada  

6.  Pope Francis will visit Mexico  in 2016, the Vatican announced. Pope Francis announced that he will travel to Mexico in the first months of 2016. Mexico is the second largest Catholic country in the world. A very awaited tour, in which a stop at the Basilica of Guadalupe will not be missed. The visit was confirmed  by the Vatican spokesman, Federico Lombardi, and supported by the Mexican Episcopal Conference.

Read more: Excelsior, La Jornada, El Universal

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1.  Mexico extradites Drug Lord “La Barbie” and 12 others to the United States. The Attorney General’s Office announced the departure of Edgar Valdez Villareal, who was one of the leaders of the Beltran- Levya Cartel.

Read more: CNN México, El Universal , BBC Mundo 

2. Mexico’s Second Oil Auction a success. Last Wednesday, September 20th, the winners for the second auction of Round 1 were announced. In this phase, five production blocks were put up for bid and three contracts were awarded.

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

3. Special Economic Zones (SEZ) will diversify economic growth of the regions. The Director of Economic Research at the Bank of Mexico assured that Special Economic Zones (SEZ) could contribute to diversify the sources of economic growth for the regions, and in particular the southern region.

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

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1. Ayotzinapa: “Dialogue without agreement.” The second meeting between President Enrique Peña Nieto and the parents of the 43 disappeared students was characterized by the lack of consensus. The Executive presented six proposals and rejected the notion of “putting the file on a shelf.” We are on the same side, the president said. He instructed the creation of a Special Prosecutors Office to search for the disappeared.

Read more: El Universal,  Excelsior , CNN México 

2. Mexican exports fall 6.8% annually. In August, sales abroad spun down for two months, as oil exports fell 48.3% and non-oil exports fell 1.6%, For the first time in three years, auto sales fell 3.2%.

Read more: CNN Expansión, El Financiero, Forbes Mexico 

3. President Enrique Peña Nieto will travel this Saturday to the United Nations headquarters in New York City to participate in the 70th General Assembly of the International Organization.

Read more: CNN Mexico, Milenio, El Universal, El Financiero

4. The former coordinator of the federal prisons, Celina Oseguera, was formally imprisoned along with 12 other former public officers who were accused by default for the escape of Joaquin Guzman Loera “El Chapo”. So far, 20 people have been imprisoned for the escape of “El Chapo” from Altiplano’s maximum security prison on July 11th, 2015.

Read more: Proceso, CNN México

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1. The President’s Office decided to cancel the traditional gala dinner hosted by the Mexican government on September 15 at the National Palace, according to official sources. The decision to cancel the gala was made due to the austerity measures adopted by the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Read more: CNN México, Excelsior

2. The Head of the Secretary of Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, announced on Wednesday a series of appointments in the Secretary: Humberto Roque Villanueva as the new Sub-Secretary for Population, Migration and Religious Affairs; Felipe Muñoz Vázquez as the executive of the National Public Security System. Arturo Escobar y Vega will take charge of the Undersecretariat of Prevention and Citizen Participation.

Read more: CNN México, Excelsior, AristeguiNoticias, El Universal

3. The Mexican Senate received the proposal by President Enrique Peña Nieto to ratify Agustín Carstens as governor of the Bank of Mexico (Banxico) for a term of six years.

Read more: Forbes México, El Economista

4. The leader of the PRI Senators, Emilio Gamboa, stated that the parties in the Senate are close to releasing a document urging the PGR to create two  special prosecutor offices for the case of Ayotzinapa. If necessary he will convene the coordinators tomorrow or Monday morning.

Read more: Milenio 

5. Members of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IMCI) for the case of Ayotzinapa, formally submitted the final report of their investigation to the President of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), Luis Raúl González Pérez.

Read more: La Jornada