Headlines from Mexico


newspapers logo2-011. Political leaders across Mexico have gain traction on their anti-corruption campaign in Mexico. Leaders from PRI, PAN, PVEM all have spoken in accordance in support of the citizen led Law ‘3de3’ initiative to help bring transparency to the public service and bring more confidence to the citizen’s of Mexico.

Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, Milenio, El Universal

2.In response to the remarks made by Donald Trump toward the Mexican people and this Tuesday’s  U.S. mini Super Tuesday primary, Mexican politicians, specifically in the PRD party and citizens are rallying in an Anti-trump campaign on Social Media with hashtag ‘MxcontraTrump’ (Mexico Against Trump).

Read more: Excelsior, Reforma, Milenio, Milenio

3. Mexico City has experienced the worst smog in 11 years and has declared a Phase 1 pollution alert. Smog on the city’s northern edge reached 1.3 times acceptable limits in the afternoon.Political leaders in the city have shared statements of potential pollution controls but not official plan has been declared.

Read more: Reforma, Dinero, El Universal

4.  The state of Mexico had begun refusing to accept Mexico city’s garbage this week after Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera blamed surrounding states for sending pollution into the city. Mancera has since announced that the state of Mexico and Morales will push forward in acting to limiting the amount of cars on the road and the problem of garbage disposal.

Read more: Milenio, El Financiero, Jornada, Milenio,

Upcoming Event! Mexico’s Midterm Elections and the Peña Nieto Administration

Collage only_MonochromeWHEN: Monday, May 18, 9:30-11:00am

WHERE: 6th Floor Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Click here to RSVP.

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to an event on Mexico’s 2015 midterm elections. On June 7, 2015, more than 86 million Mexicans will have the opportunity to elect 500 federal deputies, 17 state-level legislatures, 9 governors, and more than 300 mayors. This new cohort of legislators will replace the group that approved the major reforms proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto during the first year of his administration. The new Chamber of Deputies will be crucial for the second half of Peña Nieto’s term in office; finding room for negotiation may prove increasingly difficult as the presidential succession nears.

These elections represent a battle in which the PRI seeks to stay strong despite the President’s low approval ratings. Meanwhile, the PAN and the PRD are trying to overcome internal divisions and emerge stronger. The PRD’s internal challenges became external with the recent founding of MORENA, led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, which is emerging as a viable option for voters on the left. In fact, MORENA will be competing head to head with the Green Party (PVEM) to be the fourth national political force.


Denise Dresser
Political Analyst and Professor, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

Luis Carlos Ugalde
Director General, Integralia Consultores


Duncan Wood
Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

RSVP here. 

Want to know more about Mexico’s midterm elections? Visit the Mexico Institute’s 2015 Election Guide.

PRI-PVEM Agreement to be Redefined Today [In Spanish]

This afternoon, the Permanent Political Commission of the PRI will have a session to redefine positions within the coalition agreement with the PVEM. With Nueva Alianza gone, new adjustments will include changes to candidate nominations for deputies and senators.

Reforma, 1/26/12

La Comisión Política Permanente del Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) sesionará esta tarde para redefinir las posiciones de su convenio de coalición con el Partido Verde Ecologista de México (PVEM).

Los ajustes que se discutirán incluyen modificaciones para la postulación de candidatos a diputados y senadores, luego de la ruptura del tricolor con el partido Nueva Alianza. Fuentes del Comité Ejecutivo Nacional (CEN) priista aseguraron que la redistribución beneficiará al PVEM con más posiciones.

De entrada, ambos partidos irán en coalición en todos los distritos electorales federales de los estados que renovarán Gubernatura este año, señalaron.

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New Alliance party to compete for the presidency without the support of any coalition (In Spanish)

Luis Castro Obregón, president of the New Alliance party (PNA), has stated that the PNA will not seek a new coalition and will instead compete in the upcoming national election with its own presidential candidate. This statement comes only two days after the official dissolution of the coalition between the New Alliance party and the PRI and PVEM parties.

CNN Mexico, 1/22/12

El partido Nueva Alianza (Panal) tendrá su propio candidato presidencial y participará solo en las elecciones, explicó su presidente, Luis Castro Obregón, dos días después de darse a conocer que dejaba de participar en la coalición con el Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), y el Partido Verde Ecologista de México (PVEM).

El partido no concretará otra alianza porque los plazos para hacerlo ya vencieron, añadió Castro Obregón en rueda de prensa. Él mismo ofreció trabajar en conjunto con quien resulte vencedor en los comicios presidenciales del próximo 2 de julio.

Dentro del partido no hay rupturas ni hay disputas con el PRI ni con ninguna otra fuerza política, detalló la secretaria general de Nueva Alianza, Mónica Arreola Gordillo.

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Mexican Green Party (PVEM) ‘charges’ the PRI government posts (in Spanish)

El Universal, 7/23/2010

The Ecologist Green Party of Mexico (PVEM) made an agreement with the PRI that it will name environmental officials in states and municipalities where the two parties were allies, and won, in the recent elections.

In a set of commitments, both parties agreed to use their seats in local congresses to push for vouchers to buy medicine, educational vouchers for English and computer classes and to take up a debate on the use of the death penalty for kidnappers and murderers.

These initiatives have been presented by the PVEM in the federal congress since 2009, but the discussion and analysis have not moved forward.

The environmental organization Greenpeace is concerned about the “right” that the PVEM will have to designate environmental officials.

Patricia Arendar, executive director of the organization, believes that the PRI-PVEM agreement represents a “very limited” vision because environmental protection is being treated as a distribution of payments and positions.

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Editorial: Candidates of the Machine (In Spanish)

Jorge Fernández Menéndez, Excelsior, 3/2/2010

The list of  candidates is basically set for the state elections and it all comes down to a confrontation between the PRI, allied in almost all cases with the Green Party, and the PAN-PRD-Convergencia alliance, with less than desired participation from the PT, and with Nueva Alianza deciding each depending on the candidate.  There are no surprises, just proof of the degree of pragmatism that characterizes national politics: today there are unthinkable alliances and candidates, put forth by parties that, until a few weeks ago, were considered enemies and still are when they leave the electoral field.

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PRD and PVEM Sign Agreement with México Unido to Combat Juvenile Delinquency (In Spanish)

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El Universal, 6/10/2009

The PRD and PVEM were among the first political institutions, this morning, to subscribe to a set of ten agreements proposed by México Unido against juvenile delinquency.

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Ana Franco, president of México Unido, stated that this proposal was a watershed moment for the relationship between authorities and citizenry on the subject of public safety.

“The parties have committed themselves to incorporating the petitions of the citizenry into their political agendas, and are helping create a reference point for measuring future steps taken by authorities”

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Death penalty advertisements in Mexico

Los Angeles Times Blog, La Plaza, 12/14/2008

You see some strong stuff on the streets of Mexico City. Women begging with babies in their arms, young kids, high on glue, washing car windshields and children no older than 5 trying to sell chewing gum and lollipops to people eating at sidewalk restaurant tables. This month, there was a surprising new addition: an advertising campaign from Mexico’s Green Party, Partido Verde in Spanish, demanding the return of the death penalty to the country.

“Because we care about your life — the death penalty for murderers and kidnappers,” read the billboards.

It feels rather strange to be accosted by such a proposal while walking down the street, waiting for the bus or driving on the freeway. But perhaps stranger is that the demand comes from a political party that aligns itself with environmentalism and, generally, with left-of-center values.

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