After mixed signals, Mexico says it will attend Nicaragua inauguration

01/10/2022

Source: Reuters

Mexico’s government on Monday said it would send a representative to the inauguration of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega for his fourth consecutive term in office, after indicating a day earlier that it would not.

Ortega, who in November won an election which U.S. President Joe Biden described as a “pantomime” after the Nicaraguan government’s crackdown on the opposition and critical media, is due to be sworn in for his next term on Monday afternoon.

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Right-left coalition reunites to contest elections in 4 states next year

Source: Mexico News Daily

A three-party right-left coalition that was established to contest this year’s midterm elections will run on a joint ticket in at least four state elections in 2022.

The conservative National Action Party (PAN), the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the leftist Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) have reached an agreement to contest elections in Aguascalientes, Durango, Hidalgo and Tamaulipas under the Va por México (Go for Mexico) banner.

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Critics warn of militarization as governments name soldiers to head up security

Source: Mexico News Daily

Army and navy personnel now head up security ministries in 10 of Mexico’s 32 states, triggering concern about the increasing militarization of the country.

The governors of seven of 11 states won by Mexico’s ruling Morena party at the June 6 elections have appointed military leaders as their security ministers.

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In Mexico, YouTuber helps win husband state governorship

06/09/2021

Source: AP

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — The winner of the election triumphed largely thanks to his glamorous but off-message YouTube influencer wife, and their appearances with music stars. the loser saw her chances fade after video emerged of her in a coaching session with NXIVM sex cult leader Keith Raniere.

It sounds like an election that could have happened in some parts of California, but it was the governorship race in Mexico’s northern border state of Nuevo Leon that proved the most revelatory of Sunday’s congressional, state and local races.

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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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Severed head, body parts and kidnappings on Mexico midterm election day

06/06/2021

Source: Reuters

A man lobbed a severed human head at a voting station in the border city of Tijuana on Sunday and plastic bags filled with body parts were found nearby, local authorities said, as Mexicans voted across the country in midterm elections.

Authorities said the man ran away, but they did not specify whether he was captured. They said they found plastic bags with human remains and severed hands in the area.

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More Than 100 LGBTQ Candidates Are Competing In Mexico’s Election

06/03/2021

Source: NPR

MEXICO CITY — For years, transgender activist Roshell Terranova protested in the streets and knocked on the doors of Mexico’s Congress to make the demands of the country’s LGBTQ community known. Now thanks to her efforts and an electoral rule change, Terranova is running for Congress in a first for Mexico.

Terranova will be one of more than 100 members of Mexico’s LGBTQ community participating in Sunday’s mid-term elections that will fill the 500 seats of the lower chamber of the Congress, as well as state and local posts across the country. It is the largest number of LGBTQ candidates in Mexico’s history, according to Carla Humphrey, an official with the National Electoral Institute.

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Mexico Is Holding Its Largest Elections Ever. They’re Also One Of Its Deadliest

06/04/2021

Source: NPR

MEXICO CITY — Mexicans go to the polls this Sunday in the largest elections Mexico has every held, in sheer numbers of posts to fill. This has also become one of the most violent campaign seasons. Organized crime gangs are mainly taking the blame for the killings of 35 candidates so far.

Every seat in the lower house of Mexico’s Congress is in play, as well as nearly half of the country’s governorships and thousands of mayoral and local legislative posts.

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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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‘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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