Mexico’s political parties did the minimum to meet gender parity rules. Female candidates scored big anyway.

06/14/2021

Source: The Washington Post

On June 6, voters in Mexico elected six female governors. That’s a breakthrough: Until these results, only nine women had been governors in Mexico since women got the vote in 1953.

These new female governors are the latest evidence of Mexico’s progress toward “parity in everything,” a 2019 constitutional reform requiring gender balance for all elected and appointed posts in the legislative, executive and judicial branches at the federal, state and municipal level. Yet Mexico’s political parties remain old boys’ clubs.

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Mid-term elections have weakened Mexico’s president

06/10/2021

Source: The Economist

The president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was not on the ballot, but Mexico’s mid-term elections, held on June 6th, were largely a referendum on his polarising performance. Voters selected representatives to the lower house of the national legislature and 30 of the 32 state congresses, as well as governors of 15 states and thousands of local posts. Although Mr López Obrador’s party, Morena, and the parties in its coalition won a majority in the national legislature’s lower house, it lost its two-thirds supermajority. The results are a blow to the president’s ambitions to transform Mexico.

Parties in power tend to lose seats in mid-terms, so the result is not entirely surprising. Morena dropped from 256 of 500 seats in the lower house to around 198. Even with the help of its allies, it falls well below the 334 seats needed for a supermajority. More gallingly for Mr López Obrador, the coalition of established parties did well: the National Action Party ( pan), which held the presidency from 2000 to 2012, will be the second-biggest political force, followed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party ( pri), which ruled the country for seven decades until 2000.

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Five takeaways from Mexico’s midterm election

06/07/2021

Source: CNN

The morning after his country’s largest election in history, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador held his daily press conference, where he usually talks about his policies and answers questions from the media.

The president, also known as AMLO, arrived at the morning conference smiling. “Cheer up!,” he told reporters gathered at Mexico City’s National Palace, the executive branch’s seat. Sure, the president has reasons to smile — but not as many as he hoped he would have. Here are five takeaways after Sunday’s midterm elections in Mexico.

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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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Mexico president poised for election win, fired by statist energy drive

06/03/2021

Source: Reuters

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s drive to strengthen state control of natural resources faces a key test on Sunday at mid-term elections that will determine control of Congress for the rest of his administration.

The leftist Lopez Obrador has upset many of Mexico’s main trade partners and leading business groups by pushing through legislation to reverse the previous government’s opening of the energy market to more private capital.

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Mexico’s deadly elections: Crime groups target candidates in a fight for turf

06/02/2021

Source: The Washington Post

TAXCO, Mexico — Mario Figueroa sat in his armored SUV, surrounded by bodyguards clutching semiautomatic rifles. The bulletproof vest was stashed behind the back seat.

These days, Figueroa rarely travels without his security team. As a candidate for mayor of this Spanish colonial city — once popular with American tourists, now lashed by drug violence — the 53-year-old businessman has already taken a bullet in the chest.

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‘Huge incentives to kill’: Mexico crime groups target election candidates

06/01/2021

Source: The Guardian

Tuesday started off like any other day on the campaign trail for José Alberto Alonso, a union leader running for mayor in the Mexican beach resort of Acapulco: he kissed his family goodbye, boarded his Nissan Extreme SUV and headed off to start knocking on doors.

But barely 200m from his home, a motorcycle closed in and the pillion passenger pulled a handgun, peppering the car with bullets. Alonso’s bodyguard returned fire, and the attackers fled. The candidate had escaped injury, but was later sent to hospital suffering from stress.

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Fake news on the rise ahead of Mexico elections

05/25/2021

Source: France 24

Fake news is multiplying on social networks in Mexico during an election campaign marked by increased political polarization, insults and attacks against candidates and parties, experts warn.

AFP’s fact-checking journalists have debunked several news stories circulating on social media in recent weeks that turned out to be false.

One widely shared post said that the ruling Morena party wanted voters to use new identity cards linked to poll technology firm Smartmatic, which it accused of being “a Venezuelan electoral fraud company.”

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Candidate for northern Mexico city mayor’s post killed

05/13/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A mayoral candidate in a city in northern Mexico was killed Thursday, the latest in a string of attacks that have cost the lives of more than three dozen people running for office.

The killing took place in the northern border state of Sonora. The victim, Albel Murrieta, was also a former state attorney general. The state prosecutors’ office did not say how he died, but a video showed him laying inert on a sidewalk with blood on his face and what appeared to be a spent shell casing lying nearby.

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One of the DEA’s most-wanted men wants to be mayor of some of Mexico’s most violent territory

05/13/2021

Source: Business Insider

MEXICO – Mexico’s midterm elections on June 6 will be the largest in the country’s history, with voters choosing candidates for more than 21,000 offices.

One of those candidates is already well known by some in the US: Rogelio Portillo Jaramillo, 41, who the DEA describes as an “armed and dangerous” fugitive.

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