Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto to meet with families of 43 missing students

9/13/2015 Fox News Latino

Enrique PeñaNieto 2The government, representatives of the families of the 43 education students who disappeared in southern Mexico last year and some of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, or IACHR, experts who examined the case have hammered out an agreement for a meeting between President Enrique Peña Nieto and relatives on Sept. 24, the Government Secretariat said.

“The Office of the President of the Republic will show its commitment to providing support to victims, direct and indirect, and will continue the investigation until it clears up the incident,” the secretariat said in a statement.

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1. The President’s Office decided to cancel the traditional gala dinner hosted by the Mexican government on September 15 at the National Palace, according to official sources. The decision to cancel the gala was made due to the austerity measures adopted by the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Read more: CNN México, Excelsior

2. The Head of the Secretary of Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, announced on Wednesday a series of appointments in the Secretary: Humberto Roque Villanueva as the new Sub-Secretary for Population, Migration and Religious Affairs; Felipe Muñoz Vázquez as the executive of the National Public Security System. Arturo Escobar y Vega will take charge of the Undersecretariat of Prevention and Citizen Participation.

Read more: CNN México, Excelsior, AristeguiNoticias, El Universal

3. The Mexican Senate received the proposal by President Enrique Peña Nieto to ratify Agustín Carstens as governor of the Bank of Mexico (Banxico) for a term of six years.

Read more: Forbes México, El Economista

4. The leader of the PRI Senators, Emilio Gamboa, stated that the parties in the Senate are close to releasing a document urging the PGR to create two  special prosecutor offices for the case of Ayotzinapa. If necessary he will convene the coordinators tomorrow or Monday morning.

Read more: Milenio 

5. Members of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IMCI) for the case of Ayotzinapa, formally submitted the final report of their investigation to the President of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), Luis Raúl González Pérez.

Read more: La Jornada

Abbott’s meeting with Mexican president stresses the positive as trip wraps up

8/9/2015 Dallas News 

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Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

MEXICO CITY — President Enrique Peña Nieto welcomed Gov. Greg Abbott to the presidential mansion Tuesday and vowed to work with Texas to improve border security and generate more jobs through the energy sector, but he also reminded his guest of the contributions made by Mexicans in the Lone Star State.

The two men exchanged pleasantries and gifts — a jersey from Mexico’s national soccer team for Abbott, a crystal vase with the Texas seal for Peña Nieto. Abbott also invited the president to visit Texas in the coming months. But beyond the warm welcome, prickly issues — largely avoided through a carefully controlled agenda during the three-day visit — didn’t disappear completely.

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Ayotzinapa case still open: Peña Nieto

9/8/2015 The Yucatan Times 


President Enrique Peña Nieto declared on Tuesday September 8th that the investigation into events which occurred in Iguala, Guerrero nearly a year ago is ongoing, and that the federal government will continue to look into the case until the truth about what happened to the 43 students from Ayotzinapa is revealed.

Speaking during a working tour in Puebla, the president reiterated the unwavering determination of his government to be close to the families of the students and to discover the truth about an event which has outraged and damaged Mexican society.

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Mexico’s Economy: President Peña Nieto Promised Sweeping Reforms, But Corruption Accusations Have Stalled Growth

9/2/15 International Business Times

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and first lady Angelica Rivera salute during the military parade celebrating Independence Day at the Zocalo square in downtown Mexico CityMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto marked the halfway point of his six-year presidential term Wednesday with his third State of the Union address, an opportunity he used to highlight his signature plan to dramatically boost Mexico’s economy. But many Mexicans say Peña Nieto’s reforms have fallen short of expectations, hampered by corruption and global economic uncertainties.

Peña Nieto has pushed through roughly a dozen bold reform packages for the energy, telecommunications, finance and education sectors — among others — since he assumed the presidency in late 2012. Mexican officials originally estimated the changes could net 4 to 5 percent annual growth for the country. But three years later, growth figures remain modest: The economy expanded by 2.1 percent in 2014 and is projected to grow around 2.3 percent in 2015, according to the Bank of Mexico’s surveys of private economists in August.

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Mexican President’s State-of-the-Nation Beset by Doubts

9/1/15 ABC News

12242280414_183b094546_zMexican President Enrique Pena Nieto sent his written state-of-the-nation report to Congress on Tuesday in an atmosphere of rising violence, a falling currency and a slowing economy.

The unenviable circumstances are far different from what he faced during his last report on Sept. 2, 2014, just after he had won passage of a series of energy, education and telecom reforms, a success he said would put Mexico on the path to greater growth.

At the time, Pena Nieto was delivering on his main pledge, which was to reduce Mexico’s drug-war-era violence. But progress there seems to have stalled. Homicides in the first seven months of 2015 were running about 3 percent above figures for the same period last year.

Other numbers are depressing as well. The Mexican peso has fallen 29 percent against the U.S. dollar over the last year.

Pena Nieto’s own approval ratings have fallen as well, from 55 percent in August 2014 to about 35 percent one year later, according to a Buendia&Laredo poll published Tuesday. It had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

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Marathon man tries to regain lost momentum

8/31/15 Financial Times

12242280414_183b094546_zWhen Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto posted a picture of his socks on Twitter earlier this month, scorn and sarcasm rained down from social media.

The president’s light-hearted attempt to try to clear up that he had not, in fact, run a 10km race with his socks on the wrong way backfired: scores of tweets thanked him for enlightening the nation on the sockgate affair while issues like alleged human rights abuses, rising poverty and why his wife’s house had been paid for by a favoured government contractor remained unresolved.

It has been a marathon year that has seen the avid athlete stumble from crisis to crisis, seeming only to spot problems when they had already engulfed him.

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