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1. The Instituto Jalisciense de Ciencias Forenses, Jalisco’s Institute of Forensic Sciences, abandoned a semi-trailer truck with approximately 250 bodies of victims of drug-related crimes on the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city. Civil society groups and relatives of missing individuals protested in the state’s capital and demanded better protocols to handle non-identified bodies.

Read more: El Universal, Excélsior, El Universal, El Occidental 

 

2. In a public ceremony at Mexico City’s Zocalo this Wednesday, President Enrique Peña Nieto remembered the victims of last year’s earthquake. It was the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed 230 people in the capital alone and the 33rd anniversary of the 1985 earthquake, which killed thousands of people in the city.

Read more: El Economista, Milenio, Expansion 

 

3. President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said during a tour in Tepic, Nayarit that perhaps it would be impossible to accomplish all of the promises made during the campaign, as he is inheriting a country “in a situation of bankruptcy.” The current government and business leaders deny that the country is in bankruptcy and say the economy is stable.

Read more: El Economista, El Financiero, El Universal

 

4. The nominee to become Mexico’s next Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sanchez Cordero, has said that President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador will not accept $20 million in U.S. aid to remove Central American migrants and that Mexico will not police on behalf of the United States.

Read more: El Financiero, El Universal, SDPNoticias 

5. Mexico’s private sector insisted that Texcoco is the only viable option to build the New International Airport of the Mexico City (NAICM) due to “the available financing mechanisms, its sustainability, and its long-term vision,” and recommended the next government continue with the project as planned.

Read more: La Jornada, El Financiero, Milenio 

 

6. Mexico’s Federal Electoral Court ordered a total vote recount in the 26 electoral districts of the state of Puebla. Martha Erika Alonso Hidalgo celebrated the decision, and Miguel Barbosa believes that the vote recount will expose the manipulation of the gubernatorial election.

Read more: Forbes, El Economista, Excelsior, Reforma 

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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.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, ProcesoExcélsior

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.

Read more: La Jornada, Milenio, El Financiero, El Economista

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.

Read more: Milenio, La Jornada, El Financiero, Reforma

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.

Read more: El EconomistaExcélsior, Milenio

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.

Read more: La Jornada, El Economista, Milenio 

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1. The Jalisco New Generation Cartel, commonly known as CJNG, is widely considered the last remaining major cartel functioning in Mexico. This week, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Mexican officials announced further security collaboration to combat cartel actions in both countries. They noted the goal of arresting the leader of CJNG, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, or “El Mencho,” as a main goal. The Mexican government has put out a 30 million peso reward for the capture of “El Mencho”.

Read more: La Jornada, Milenio, Reforma

2. López Obrador discussed the future of the new Mexico City airport project today in a press conference. His administration plans on continuing consultations with civil society and experts. A consultation or national survey will be released the final week of October to gauge citizen opinions. López Obrador reiterated his position that the population’s opinion, and an active democratic exercise, is the most important factor.

Read more: La Jornada, Milenio, Reforma

3. López Obrador said on Monday his administration will invest more than $11 billion to boost refining capacity in order to curb growing fuel imports. This will be used to improve six existing refineries and build a new one in his home state of Tabasco.

Read more: El Financiero, El Universal, Reforma

4. On Tuesday, President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the amplification of the ‘Tren Maya’ from 900 to 1,500 km. It will now include the states of Tabasco, Campeche, Chiapas, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo. The train has been both praised and condemned, with critics cynical about the current timeline of the project and others raising concerns over the environment and the local indigenous population.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

5. Fabio Melanitto, a former member of the band Uff!, was killed Tuesday. He was riding his motorcycle with his partner when he was shot. It is being considered a purposeful assassination and authorities think it may have to do with financial extortion.

Read more: El Universal, Milenio, Reforma

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1. On Wednesday, AMLO was formally declared the President-elect of Mexico. Mexico has one of the longest transition periods, and this is one of the many formal mechanisms in securing the presidency.

Read more: El Universal, Forbes MX, Reuters MX

2. AMLO began his peace forums in Ciudad Juarez on Tuesday, bringing together local authorities, victim groups, and civil society. Durazo, the incoming head of the Secretariat of Public Security (SSP), laid out the administration’s plan to tackle the rising violence in the country.

Read more: La Jornada, El Universal, Reuters MX

3. Just days prior to the first forum on pacification, 11 were murdered over the weekend in Ciudad Juarez. While violence lowered in the city after its 2011 height, it is on the climb again, and local officials are concerned about it worsening.

Read more: Excelsior, Milenio, Proceso

4. Peña Nieto and AMLO met yesterday to discuss the transition of administrations. The meeting included raising the issue of Peña Nieto introducing the legislation to make the Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) once more prior to AMLO’s inauguration. This would be a big win for AMLO as he spearheads his public security program and peace forums.

Read more: El Financiero, El Pais, El Universal

5. On Wednesday, Elba Ester Gordillo, the former leader of the teacher’s union in Mexico, was exonerated. She had been accused of corruption, amongst other charges. Her supporters were ecstatic while her critics called it a sign of impunity.

Read more: El Universal, Jornada, Reforma

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1. An Aeromexico flight carrying 103 people crashed after taking off from an airport in Durango. Mexican officials confirmed there were no fatalities as a result of the crash, but 49 passengers were hospitalized due to minor injuries; the pilot and another passenger are in critical but stable condition. The plane was on route from Durango to Mexico City, when it rapidly descended due to heavy rains and strong winds.

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, El Universal, Milenio

2. Mexico’s Minister of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, and Secretary Robert Lighthizer reported some progress in the NAFTA renegotiation talks with the United States, but some issues remain. Guajardo emphasized a particular desire to finish up on details regarding rules of origin, while stating that the “sunset clause” topic wouldn’t be discussed this week.

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

3. Mexico’s Foreign Ministry condemned protesters shouting racist comments and distributing anti-migrant leaflets outside its New York consulate. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray declared, “on Saturday a group of racist, ignorant and xenophobic people were at our consulate in NY, we reject and condemn these events.” The protests were conducted by members of a group called Identity Evropa, a group said to be dedicated to defending people of European heritage.

Read more: Proceso, Excelsior, Reforma, Mural

4. AMLO declared his energy plan will require an investment of 175 billion pesos in the first year, and it will consist primarily of revitalizing oil and gas extraction. AMLO plans to rehabilitate the six refineries so they can operate at 100% of their capacity within 2 years, along with the construction of a new refinery in Dos Bocas Paraíso, Tabasco in 2019. AMLO also confirmed two appointments, Octavio Romero to PEMEX and Manuel Bartlett to CFE.

Read more: Jornada, El Financiero, El Economista

5. AMLO announced he is contemplating an investment of $10 billion MXN pesos for his health plan. The plan will consist of finalizing the construction of 57 inconclusive hospitals throughout the country, affirming they must finish the construction of the abandoned hospitals first before starting on new ones.

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

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1. Mexico’s negotiating team headed by the Secretary of the Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray, and AMLO’s nominee for NAFTA chief negotiator, Jesus Seade, arrived in Washington to resume the NAFTA renegotiations. There has been optimism between all parts that a deal can be struck by the end of August. Guajardo said that Mexico’s position on the most controversial issues has not changed.

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

2. Following the meeting between the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, and the Mexican Secretaries of Foreign Affairs and Economy, Luis Videgaray and Ildefonso Guajardo, the representatives of both governments reaffirmed their commitment to upholding NAFTA as a trilateral trade agreement. Guajardo also added that the Mexican government was close to reaching an agreement with Canada on the remaining disputed provisions.

Read more: El País, El Economista, El Financiero, Reforma

3. Mexico’s President-elect revealed the contents of the letter he received from U.S. President Donald Trump this week. In the letter, President Trump extended pleasantries towards AMLO, adding to the series of positive exchanges between the two men which has been called by experts a “honeymoon” stage. Nonetheless, Trump highlighted in the letter that if the NAFTA talks were not finalized soon, the United States would pursue a different course of action.

Read more: Excelsior, Univision, El Universal, Milenio

4. Morena’s Federal deputy, Alicia Barrientos Pantoja, presented to the Permanent Commission of the Chamber of Deputies a legislative initiative for a 50% cut to the public transfers that the parties receive.

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, El Economista

5. The President-Elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said that by the middle of next month a report, prepared by his advisory team, will be ready to determine if the construction of the New International Airport of Mexico (NAIM) is viable or not. He also mentioned that at the end of October he will make a citizen consultation.

Read more: La Jornada, Reforma, El Economista

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1. Early in the week, López Obrador announced that his salary would be 108,000 pesos per month, a 40% decrease from Peña Nieto’s monthly salary. It is part of his aim to lead by example and enforce austerity measures from the top. He considers it a moderate move.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

2. After a historic loss in the 2018 elections, the head of Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Rene Juarez, resigned. In a press conference announcing his departure, the former President of the party said that the transformation of the PRI should be the size of the current defeat. Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the party’s secretary general, will take over the PRI leadership.

Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, Milenio, Reforma

3. The National Institute of Electorates (INE) fined Morena 10 million pesos for being unable to account for a fund that was meant to go to victims of the Mexico City earthquake. INE alleges that Morena cannot show a paper trail for donations.

Read more: El Financiero, El Universal, La Jornada

4. U.S. President Trump said this week that he would prioritize a trade deal with Mexico and then approach a separate one with Canada. This made NAFTA-proponents nervous and both Mexican and Canadian officials were reticent to embrace this idea. Still, the resetting of U.S.-Mexico relations and improved bilateral negotiations is seen as a plus for Mexico.

Read more: El Financiero, El Universal, La Jornada

5. AMLO gave his future Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sanchez Cordero, a blank check to seek ways to pacify the country. The President-elect instructed her to do whatever was necessary, including opening up the discussion for the decriminalization of drugs, to attempt to bring peace to the country after more than a decade of being embroiled in the bloody drug war.

Read more: El Economista, El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma