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1.  Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the pre-presidential candidate for the National Regeneration Movement party, known as MORENA, assured that there are no foreign governments supporting his presidential campaign. This comes after Institutional Revolutionary Party’s (PRI) Enrique Ochoa accused the López Obrador campaign of having ties with Russia and Venezuela. López Obrador claims these allegations are part of a “dirty war” that has been waged against his campaign.

Read more: El Universal, Jornada, Expansion, Reforma

2. The Office of the General Prosecutor (PGR) announced that it has filed extradition requests for Cesar Duarte, Chihuahua’s ex-governor affiliated with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Duarte faces federal electoral law and corruption charges. Acting Attorney General, Elías Beltrán, stated that he is working closely with Mexico’s Interpol to locate Duarte.

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, El Universal, Milenio

3. On Thursday, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray, reiterated that Mexico will not pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Videgaray released a statement indicating that “[o]ur [c]ountry will not pay, in any way and under any circumstance, a wall or physical barrier that is built in U.S. territory along the border with Mexico.” Videgaray traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to discuss a bilateral and regional agenda with White House officials and with the Organization of American States (OAS).

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, El Universal, Milenio

4.  According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, known as INEGI, 75.9% of Mexican believe that the city where they live is unsafe. INEGI’s findings reveal that there is a greater perception of insecurity in the cities of Reynosa (Tamaulipas), Chilpancingo (Guerrero), Fresnillo (Zacatecas), Villahermosa (Tabasco), and Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz). ATMs are considered one of the most insecure places in the country, as 82.3% of people feel unsafe.

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

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1.  Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, the Mexican Interior Minister, announced his resignation on Wednesday. Osorio Chong seeks to run as an Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate for the Mexican Senate. President Peña Nieto named Alfonso Navarrete to lead the Ministry of the Interior.

Read more: Excelsior, El Universal, Jornada, Milenio

2.  Javier Corral, the governor of Chihuahua, claimed that the federal government withheld approximately $4 million USD, funds aimed to ease the state’s budget crisis. Yet, Governor Corral insists that it is a retaliation tactic that aimed to close corruption investigations involving several members of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto denied Governor Corral’s accusations and reiterated his commitment to “support and coordinate with all [state] governments, regardless of their party origin.”

Read more: Proceso, El Universal, Excelsior, Milenio

3. Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with USTR Robert Lighthizer and U.S. legislators to discuss the progress of the on-going NAFTA negotiations. The Mexican peso and stock market plummet amidst the uncertainty of the negotiations. The sixth round of the renegotiation talks will take place from January 23-28, 2018 in Montreal, Canada.

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

4.  The National Action Party (PAN), Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), and the Citizens’ Movement (MC) were approved to form a partial coalition in the state of Mexico for the 2018 election. There are 236 federal, state, and local offices up for election in the state. January 13th is the last day candidacy coalitions can register in the states of Aguascalientes, Campeche, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas.

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

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1.  The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) pre-candidate, José Antonio Meade, distanced himself from any involvement that resulted in the increase in the price of gasoline in 2017, known as the gasolinazo, during his tenure as the head of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SCHP). This announcement comes after Ricardo Anaya, the pre-candidate of Frente Ciudadano por México coalition, stated that “ [Meade] is the person [who is responsible] for the gasolinazo. We have to remember that last year’s gasolinazo happened [during his tenure as the] Minister of Finance and Public Credit (SCHP). We saw him on all the television and radio newscasts defending the gasolinazo.” Agriculture producers have warned about the continual price hikes of produce and meat products due to the rising cost in gasoline in 2018.

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, Milenio, El Universal

2.  Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the pre-presidential candidate for the Together We Will Make History (Juntos Haremos Historia) coalition, announced that Alfonzo Durazo will become the Secretary of Public Security (SSP) if he is elected in July 2018. The coalition is comprised of the following parties: National Regeneration Movement party (MORENA), Labor Party (PT), and Social Encounter Party (PES). Durazo, was the founding member and current president of MORENA in the state of Sonora. Durazo served for four years in former president Vicente Fox’s administration. Furthermore, López Obrador made a pre-campaign promise “to end war on drugs and bring peace to Mexico in three years.”

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

3. On Thursday, Panama extradited Roberto Borge, the ex-governor of Quintana Roo, to Mexico. The former governor was detained on June 4, 2017 in the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City as he attempted to board a plane to Paris. Borge is accused of corruption and the diversion of public funds.

Read more: Jornada, El Universal, Excelsior, Milenio

4. The Frente Ciudadano por México coalition is no longer a viable option in the state of Morelos as the National Action Party (PAN) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) were unable to reach a consensus on the candidacies for the state legislature and the governorship.

Read more: Proceso, El Universal, Reforma, Milenio

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1.  Gumaro Pérez, a reporter of the Diario la Voz del Sur, was executed inside his son’s school during the school’s Christmas festival. The 2017 Reporters Without Borders (RSF) report registered the death of eleven journalists in Mexico this year, and ranked Mexico as the second most dangerous place for journalists, only behind Syria. The vast majority of journalists who are threatened and murdered cover news stories pertaining to organized crime and political corruption.

Read more: Reforma, Proceso, Excelsior, El Universal

2.  Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mexico City’s governor, announced he will release the Reconstruction Plan of Mexico City in January, 2018. The plan will illustrate the reconstruction and reinforcement norms of infrastructure projects following the September earthquake. In addition, the plan will highlight the medium and long-term economic support for the victims, as well as the mechanisms for updating protocols in case of emergency.

Read more: Milenio, Reforma, Excelsior, Jornada

3. Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, the governor of the state of Nuevo León, submitted a leave of absence notification to the state legislature in order run as independent candidate in the2018 presidential election. The National Electoral Institute (INE) has verified 605,173 signatures collected by Rodríguez Calderón in order to run as an independent presidential candidate.

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

4. Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, signed the Internal Security bill into law on Thursday December 21, 2017. However, President Peña Nieto will not implement the law until the Supreme Court reviews and resolves the claims that deem the law unconstitutional. The Internal Security law aims to strengthen the role of armed forces role in combating organized crime.

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1.  The National Regeneration Movement party pre-candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced his presidential agenda priorities. López Obrador will seek to suspend the country’s education and energy reforms. In addition, he plans to hire 2.3 million ninis, young people who neither go to work nor go to school, and pay them a monthly a salary of USD $188.10.

Read more: El FinancieroExcelsior, El Universal, Reforma 

2.  The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) pre-candidate, José Antonio Meade, kicked off his presidential pre-campaign in the state of Chiapas. Meade stated that he “wants to be [a] President who closes the gap between the Mexico we are and the Mexico we dream of.” On Thursday, the National Electoral Institute (INE) announced the start of the pre-campaign season for parties and coalitions who will be participating in the 2018 presidential elections.

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, El Universal, Milenio

3. On Friday, the Mexican Senate voted to pass the Internal Security bill. The bill aims to strengthen the role of armed forces role in combating drug cartels. Governors and mayors who request the intervention of the armed forces must adhere to the criteria set by the National Council of Public Security before military intervention takes place. Human rights organizations oppose the bill because they believe it grants excessive power to the armed forces.

Read more: ReformaExcelsior, Expansion, El Universal

4. The Office of the General Prosecutor (PGR) authorized Elba Esther Gordillo, the former leader of the National Educational Workers Union (SNTE), to be placed on house arrest. The former union leader has been in prison since February 2013, facing tax evasion and money laundering for approximately MX 1.978 billion pesos.

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1. Miguel Ángel Mancera, Governor of Mexico City, urges the National Action Party (PAN) to define the procedures to elect a candidate to represent the Frente Ciudadano por México coalition in the 2018 presidential election. The Frente coalition is comprised of members from the following parties: National Action Party (PAN), Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), and the Citizens’ Movement (MC). Thursday, December 14 is the final day the coalition has to define its candidate selection process for the 2018 election process.

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, El Universal, Milenio

2. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the alleged presidential candidate for the National Regeneration Movement party, known as MORENA, announced that granting amnesty for leaders of organized crime groups is a viable option in order to achieve peace in Mexico. López Obrador stated that “we will explore [and analyze] all possibilities [to] guarantee peace and tranquility.”

Read more: Reforma, Expansion, El Universal, Milenio

3. On Wednesday, December 6, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the resignation of the Secretary of Public Education (SEP), Aurelio Nuño. Later that day, Nuño stated that he will serve as the campaign coordinator for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) presidential candidate, José Antonio Meade. Peña Nieto named Otto Granados Roldán to lead the Ministry of Public Education.

Read more: Milenio, El Universal, Excelsior, Reforma

4. Mikel Arriola Peñalosa, the former director of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) intends to register as an Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate to lead the CDMX government in 2018. In addition, Arriola Peñalosa stated he will be involved in the PRI’s internal process that will select a party candidate. Tuffic Miguel Ortega will be the new director of the IMSS.

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1. On Monday, November 27, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the resignation of Secretary of Finance and Public Credit (SCHP) José Antonio Meade. Peña Nieto named José Antonio González Anaya to lead the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SCHP). In addition, Peña Nieto also named Carlos Alberto Treviño as the new CEO of Mexican Petroleums (PEMEX).

Read more: Reforma, El Universal, Milenio, Excelsior

2. Violence in Mexico is at an all-time high as this year’s numbers are higher than those in 2011. At this pace, 2017 will end with a homicide rate of 20.2 per 100,000 habitants, the highest in the last 20 years. Kidnapping and violence against women are also higher than they were during Felipe Calderon’s administration. This has increased criticism towards President Enrique Peña Nieto, who vowed to reduce violence when he first came into office.

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

3. This Thursday began with delays of the Congressional discussion on the creation of a new Internal Security Law. Delays where caused by civilian activists that demanded the discussion to be public. This law would regulate the intervention of the federal and national armed forces in Mexico in order to contain threats to internal security. The opposition has been vocal on their rejection of this law, which has generated controversy.

Read more: Milenio, El Universal, Jornada, Excelsior

4. The IMF approved Mexico’s request to renew their Flexible Credit Line worth US$88 billion. The renewal was approved for two years due to its expiration date before the 2018 elections. This credit line is designed to provide financial security to countries with strong financial policies. Mexico has never used its available credit since it was first approved in 2009.

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