Former election opponent of Mexico’s president flees country

08/23/2021

Source: AP

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Former presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya, who was one of several unsuccessful aspirants for Mexico’s top office in the 2018 elections, has fled the country, claiming that charges against him are politically motivated.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denied Monday that the government is persecuting Anaya. The president said the charges stem from accusations by a former official that legislators like Anaya were paid off to vote for the country’s energy overhaul in 2013 and 2014.

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Canada says it has no particular concerns over trade deal after U.S. vote

11/7/2018 – Reuters

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OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada has no particular concerns over the fate of a new continental trade deal after U.S. elections that gave Democrats control of the House of Representatives, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Some U.S. commentators are already predicting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) pact – agreed in late September – could face problems when the new House convenes in January, given skeptical comments from sections of the Democratic Party about the benefits of the deal.

Andrew Leslie, parliamentary secretary to Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, indicated he was not worried when asked about ratification of the treaty.

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Foreign leaders, including Maduro, to attend Mexican inauguration

10/29/2018 – Reuters

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – At least 15 heads of state will attend the December presidential inauguration of Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, including fellow leftist Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, the president-elect’s pick to be foreign minister said on Friday.

Among the confirmed presidents who will attend are fellow leftists like Maduro and Bolivia’s Evo Morales, but also conservatives like Colombia’s Ivan Duque and Paraguay’s Mario Abdo Benitez.

Marcelo Ebrard, who is set to serve as Lopez Obrador’s foreign minister, revealed the updated attendee list for the Dec. 1 swearing-in ceremony in a series of posts on Twitter.

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What the 2018 election means for immigrants in the U.S.

10/26/2018 – Washington Post

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Recent events at the U.S.-Mexico border and ongoing deliberations over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have put in stark light the perils of belonging to a politicized group. Even immigrants who have risked their life in defense of their adopted country have found that service is no protection in our nativist climate.

This year, Army veteran Miguel Perez Jr., who enlisted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, was deported because of substance abuse issues connected to his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder — a direct result of his military service. Other veterans with precarious immigration statuses face similar predicaments, caught between President Trump and his nativist platform and Democrats who wish to widen immigrant rights and protect members of vulnerable groups such as Perez. The midterm elections are likely to determine their fate.

In the late 19th century, a class of Union veterans faced similar political struggles. Public concern grew as reports surfaced that thousands of Union veterans were emigrating out of the United States but keeping their military pensions. Many felt as if these veterans had forfeited their right to American aid by leaving the United States. This belief turned these veterans into a political football — much like immigrants today.

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Mexico Will Seek Deal With Canada if NAFTA Talks Fail: Lopez Obrador

9/21/2018 – New York Times

Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a rally as part of a tour to thank supporters for his landslide victory in the July 1 election, in Mexicali
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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s incoming government will pursue a bilateral deal with Canada if talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement falter, Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday.

 

After more than a year of talks to modernize the NAFTA trade pact between the United States, Mexico and Canada, the United States and Mexico reached a side deal in late August.

Days later, Canada began negotiating with the United States to close a deal on the 24-year-old trade pact. But the talks have hit an impasse over U.S. threats to impose tariffs to Canadian auto exports.

“We would like the government of the United States and the government of Canada to come to an agreement so the treaty can be trilateral, as it was originally signed,” said Lopez Obrador, a veteran leftist who takes office in December.

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Mexico’s President-Elect Stuck Aboard Delayed Flight

New York Times – 9/21/2018

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s austerity-minded president-elect has vowed to sell the presidential jet and fly commercial. And he even appears prepared to suffer the plight of average travelers: being trapped on delayed flights.

 

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was stuck for at least three hours after his flight from the Huatulco airport in southern Mexico was delayed by air traffic and weather.

Passengers posted videos Thursday of Lopez Obrador speaking from his seat on the plane bound for Mexico City.

Lopez Obrador says the experience won’t make him change his mind.

He said, “I am not going to get on the presidential airplane. I would be ashamed … to have a luxury airplane in a country with so much poverty.”

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Singer Belinda Hit for Involvement in Mexican Politics

09/20/2018 – The New York Times

dt.common.streams.StreamServerPop singer Belinda may have illegally interfered in Mexico’s politics because she’s a Spanish citizen and campaigned for President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, authorities said Wednesday.

A rival party filed a complaint because the singer gave out articles with Lopez Obrador campaign emblems.

The singer, whose real name is Belinda Peregrin Schull, also appeared in his campaign.

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Mexico Election Agency Ratifies Lopez Obrador Landslide Win

07/08/18 The New York Times

amloMexico’s National Electoral Institute has ratified Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s overwhelming victory in the July 1 presidential vote.

A statement says calculations have concluded in 300 districts and turnout was over 63 percent.

The institute said Sunday that it had reviewed 75 percent of electoral packets, the largest recount in the country’s history, “so that there may be no room for doubt about the will of the people expressed at the polls.”

The results now go to the country’s electoral tribunal, which will make its own ratification. After that, Lopez Obrador will legally become president-elect.

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Mexican leftist vows fiscal discipline, seeks friendly U.S. ties

07/02/18 Reuters

amloMexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he will maintain fiscal discipline and seek friendly relations with the United States, while vowing not to confiscate property, after a landslide presidential election victory on Sunday.

The 64-year-old, who will become the first leftist leader in decades in Latin America’s second largest economy, promised in a speech to respect civil liberties and said there will be “no dictatorship” under his government.

However, he reiterated a campaign promise to revise energy contracts issued to companies by the current administration for signs of corruption, warning that anomalies would be addressed by Congress and taken to national and international tribunals.

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Mexico’s Lopez Obrador names businessman to economic transition team

07/02/18 Reuters

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Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday named a prominent businessman to a team that will handle economic affairs during the transition to his swearing-in as president in December.

The businessman, Alfonso Romo, has been a moderate voice on Lopez Obrador’s campaign team and backs a policy that allows foreign investment in energy.

Lopez Obrador’s landslide victory in an election on Sunday has upended Mexican politics, making him the country’s first left-wing president in decades.

Until a reform in 2013 that Lopez Obrador opposed, Mexico’s energy industry was largely state-run. The leftist leader has recently softened his stance on the reform, but repeated on Sunday that he wanted to revise contracts to remove corruption.

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