Another candidate assassinated in Mexico ahead of June 6 vote

Date: 05/26/2021

Source: Aljazeera

A mayoral candidate has been killed in Mexico, bringing to 34 the total number of candidates murdered nationwide ahead of June 6 legislative elections that will fill thousands of local seats and nearly half of the country’s governors.

Alma Barragan was shot dead on Tuesday, local media reported, while campaigning for the mayorship of the city of Moroleon in the violence-plagued state of Guanajuato in central Mexico. Two other people were reportedly injured.

On Wednesday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the killing was “without doubt” the work of organised criminal gangs who were killing candidates to scare voters away from the polls.

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How Sexual Assault Allegations Have Divided Mexico’s Governing Party

03/02/2021

Source: The New York Times

MEXICO CITY — Basilia Castañeda said she was such a fervent believer in Mexico’s president that she founded the first chapter of his political party in her small town and stumped with the president’s son on the campaign trail.

Then, in December, the man she has accused of raping her when she was just 17 was nominated by the president’s party to run for governor of her state, Guerrero.

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A New Revolution? Mexico Still Waiting as López Obrador Nears Half-Year Mark

5/10/2019 – The New York Times

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By Edgard Garrido

MEXICO CITY — After his landslide victory last year, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico promised a staggering transformation of his country — on par with independence from Spain and the Mexican Revolution.

But five months into his term, the new Mexico he says he is building looks an awful lot like the old one he swore to leave behind.

Corruption was a hallmark issue for Mr. López Obrador during the campaign, a national scourge he vowed to end. Yet his government has announced no major prosecutions of public officials or other prominent figures on corruption charges since he took office.

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Mexico’s ‘common man’ president pledges end to secrecy

12/04/2018 – The Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s newly inaugurated president kicked off his first Monday in office with something not seen in recent history — a news conference and a pledge to hold one every working day of his six-year term to keep the people informed.

Two days after taking the oath as the first leftist president in decades of technocrats, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador made good on his promise to govern as a common man and end decades of secrecy, heavy security and luxury enjoyed by past presidents. His workday began at 7 a.m. with a gathering of more than 100 reporters, photographers and TV cameramen all trained on the new leader, his gray hair slightly ruffled as he answered questions.

“Isn’t that a change that I am here, informing you?” Lopez Obrador asked. While past presidents have rarely held news conferences, Lopez Obrador promised to do so on a near-daily basis, much as he did when he was mayor of Mexico City from 2000-2005.

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Anti-Corruption Rhetoric Echoes Mexican Voters’ Disenchantment With Political Class

06/14/2016 Forbes

cast vote mexicoMEXICO CITY — Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) on June 9th called on Congress to approve the laws to regulate the National Anti-corruption System (SNA), which seeks to introduce stronger institutional checks and balances, along with coordination mechanisms, to better prevent and sanction entrenched corruption practices. The call came in rather late, as the constitutional deadline to pass said laws – May 28th – was not met. The sudden change in the president’s public discourse was an echo of voters’ message in the recent gubernatorial elections.

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Ordinary Opinions of Everyday Mexicans: Polling from the 1940s-2012

By Roderic Ai Camp, Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member
April 2015

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The evolution of the importance of public opinion in Mexico is intertwined with the emphasis of scholars, both foreign and Mexican, introducing survey research techniques. These efforts became more common in the 1960s and 1970s, but became increasingly significant in the 1980s, when major newspapers and other publications begin to sponsor wide-ranging public opinion polls. Public opinion polls played a critical role in Mexico’s democratic political transition during the 1980s and 1990s, informing ordinary Mexicans about how their peers viewed candidates and important policy issues, while simultaneously allowing citizens, for the first time, to assess a potential candidate’s likelihood of winning an election before the vote, while also confirming actual election outcomes through exit polls. Polling data reveal changing social, religious, economic, and political attitudes among Mexicans over time, revealing the importance of both traditional and contemporary values in explaining citizen behavior.

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Democratizing Mexican Politics, 1982-2012

By Roderic Ai Camp, Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member
April 2015

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Mexico’s democratic transition provides a revealing case study of a semi-authoritarian political model evolving incrementally into an electoral democracy over two decades. One of the special features of that transition was its slow progress compared to its peers in Latin America, especially given its proximity to the United States, the most influential democracy in the last half of the 20th century.The first attempt to introduce fair, competitive elections occurred under the leadership of Miguel de la Madrid in 1983, but he reversed direction when he was opposed by leading politicians from his own party. His successor, Carlos Salinas (1988–1994), chose to pursue economic liberalization, opening up Mexico to greater competition globally, and negotiating an agreement with Canada and the United States (North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA), while maintaining an authoritarian presidency. During this era, proactive actors that fomented significant political change came from numerous sources. The following were particularly noteworthy in explaining Mexico’s shift to a democratic model: dissident elites who pushed for democracy inside the dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI); dissident elites who left PRI to form the most successful opposition parties in the 20th century, including the founding of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) in 1989; social and civic movements originating from government incompetence in addressing the results of the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, the widespread fraud during the 1988 presidential election, and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation uprising in 1994; the altered composition of political leadership from the establishment and the opposition characterized by stronger backgrounds in local, elective offices, party leadership, and nonpolitical careers; new electoral laws reinforcing independent decision-making regarding electoral practices and outcomes in the 1990s; and the introduction of new political actors supportive of democratic change, such as the Catholic Church.

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Interministerial Commission for the Prevention of Violence is created (Spanish)

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La Secretaría de Gobernaciónpublicó el acuerdo por el que se crea la Comisión Intersecretarial para la Prevención Social de la Violencia y la Delincuencia, cuyo objetivo es coordinar las dependencias y entidades de la Administración Pública Federal en el diseño y la ejecución de políticas en la materia.

El documento, publicado este lunes en el Diario Oficial de la Federación, indica que la comisión hará las recomendaciones para que las políticas, los programas y las acciones de las dependencias que la integran se orienten coordinadamente a la atención prioritaria de grupos vulnerables y construir una ciudadanía responsable.

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Teachers announce a protest against the educational reform (Spanish)

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Milenio, 1/27/2013

Members of the Democratic National Executive Committee of  SNTE oppose the proposed educational and labor reform. As a result, they will be organizing mobilizations and manifestations against the amendments at the end of this month in Mexico D.F.

They will also recur to legal resources  because they believe that the reform presents a direct violation to workers and students’  human rights.

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Old Politics and New Government

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Perspectives on the Americas, 1/23/2013

Mexico has a new government but not a new reality. Problems do not change just because a change in government has taken place. A new government, however, has the opportunity to make its own mark on national politics by exercising effective leadership to produce a change of attitude and, eventually, of reality.

Two characteristics of the new PRI are evident. The first consists of the presence of a team of politicians experienced in governmental functions. The second is the perception that the PRI activists know that the voters have granted them their last opportunity to vindicate themselves and if they fail to deliver satisfactory results, they will be voted out of power in the next election. Both traits suggest that there will be great activism and skill in the PRI’s management of public matters; however, nothing guarantees that they will do the things that are needed to achieve their objective.

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