Mexico President’s Grip on Congress Slips, Showing Limits of His Mandate

06/07/2021

Source: The New York Times

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s leftist ruling coalition was on track to lose its absolute majority in Congress following midterm elections on Sunday, putting brakes on President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s ambitious plans to overhaul the country’s economy and society.

The ruling Morena party was expected to hold between 190 and 202 seats in Mexico’s lower house of Congress, a decline of up to 60 lawmakers, according to preliminary results released Monday by the country’s electoral board.

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AMLO Says Mexico Not Canceling Contracts Amid Fight With Goldman

05/21/2021

Source: Bloomberg

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his country isn’t in the business of canceling contracts with private companies even as he shied away from directly addressing a battle between Mexico’s state-owned power company and Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

“We’re recognizing the contracts in all cases. I don’t have details about this operation. I’ll get information and I’ll provide it here, but they’re not canceling the contracts,” Lopez Obrador said, discussing the issue publicly for the first time. He spoke about the dispute between the utility he’s championed and the U.S. bank during a press conference Friday.

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Mexico’s president backs probe of opposition governor candidates

05/11/2021

Source: Reuters

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday he supported the Mexican attorney general office’s criminal investigation of two leading gubernatorial candidates, after the opposition said the probe was politically motivated.

Adrian de la Garza from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is being investigated for vote buying and Samuel Garcia from the Citizen Movement party on allegations of suspect campaign financing ahead of June 6 elections, the attorney general’s office, known as FGR, said in a statement on Monday.

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Mexico President Says U.S. Finances Anti-Corruption ‘Coup Plotters’ Group

05/07/2021

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico has sent a diplomatic note asking the United States to suspend funding for an anti-corruption group critical of the government, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday.

Lopez Obrador said the formal protest was sent because of financial backing for Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI), a group that investigates political corruption. The president says the group is seeking to undermine his government.

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Mexico’s president criticizes Shell-Pemex joint venture in Texas refinery

05/06/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

MEXICO CITY, May 6 (Reuters) – Mexico’s president on Thursday criticized the partnership between state oil company Pemex and Royal Dutch Shell in a Texas refinery, saying it has not yielded any benefits for Mexico.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, an energy nationalist who has sought to revive the fortunes of the deeply-indebted Pemex, said that no profits have been repatriated to Pemex since the partnership with Shell was established in 1993 as they have all been re-invested.

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Immigration in focus at high level U.S.-Mexico talks on Friday

05/06/2021

Source: Reuters

Mexico and the United States will discuss ways of mitigating undocumented immigration in talks later this week, Mexico’s president said on Thursday, as the two sides seek to tackle an issue that has posed a challenge for U.S. President Joe Biden.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will hold a virtual meeting on Friday to explore joint approaches to containing a sharp increase in migrant arrivals at the U.S. southern border. read more

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Mexico’s president is giving the armed forces new powers

04/29/2021

Source: The Economist

MEXICO CITY

The maya train, a 1,500km-long railway that is due to run through the Yucatán peninsula, is one of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s pet projects. But rather than entrust the job to world-class architects or engineers, Mexico’s president has given it to military men. Last year he said the armed forces would build several sections of track, later adding that they would also operate part of the line. In March it was revealed that the army would not only construct and run the railway, but also keep all the profits from it, too.

The story of the Maya train hints at the rising influence of the armed forces under amlo, as he is known. During his campaign in 2017 he promised to remove soldiers from the streets and criticised the army for human-rights abuses. But since becoming president he has given them more and more power. They have not held such sway since the end of Mexico’s military-led government in the 1940s.

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Mexico’s president is giving the armed forces new powers

04/26/2021

Source: The Economist

THE MAYA TRAIN, a 1,500km-long railway that is due to run through five states in the Yucatán peninsula, is one of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s pet projects. But rather than entrust the job to architects or engineers, Mexico’s president has given it to military men. Last year he said the armed forces would build several sections of track, later adding that they would also operate part of the line. In March it was revealed that the army would not only construct and run the railway, but also keep all of the profits.

The story of the Maya train hints at the rising influence of the armed forces under AMLO, as he is known. During his campaign in 2018 he promised to remove soldiers from the streets and criticised the army for human-rights abuses. But since becoming president he has given them more and more power. They have not held such sway since the end of Mexico’s military-led government in the 1940s.

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What Does President Biden Need To Understand About Mexico?

04/20/2021

Source: Forbes

Early in his presidency Joe Biden will be forced to deal with a number of issues related to Mexico including asylum seekers at the border, ongoing disputes related to trade, how to respond to “Dreamers” and other long-term undocumented residents, and evolving problems relating to organized crime and violence. In engaging with Mexico, Biden finds himself liaising with one of the most enigmatic and charismatic leaders in the Americas. Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is a uniquely polarizing and controversial figure. He is pro-coal and hostile to renewable energy. He disparages feminist activists and promotes traditional family values. He is anti-elite but fosters close alliances with some of Mexico’s billionaires. He is anti-neoliberal but favors cash handouts over improving government capacity. Foreign analysts and observers often struggle to characterize him. Is he a socialist? A progressive? An old-school conservative? 

Lopez Obrador brands himself as a leftist who battles Mexico’s “conservatives,” but he also openly embraced former U.S. President Trump and has offered a cold initial reception to President Biden. To discuss Mexico’s President Lopez Obrador and the current state of US-Mexico relations, I reached out to Patrick Iber, a professor of Latin American history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Mexico Plans Tree Planting, Regional Migration Pitch to Biden

04/18/2021

Source: Bloomberg

Mexico’s president will propose a regional agreement on migration to the U.S. this week and the expansion of his tree planting program to Central America as an option to provide order in the process of seeking entry to the U.S.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that he would propose the plan to U.S. President Joe Biden at a summit on climate change on Thursday. He said the plan could create more than a million jobs and that participants in the reforestation program should be given a chance to obtain U.S. work visas and, eventually, even U.S. citizenship.

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