Category: Mexican Politics

SCT studying new methods for enforcement of weights and measures on Mexico’s Federal Highway system

Officials with the  Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) sat down for meetings this week with a distinguished panel of academic and industry experts to discuss ways that can be used to enforce the new weights and measures rules being drafted for the next 5 year cycle of NOM-012. The panel consists of eight academic experts, chosen

Mexican President signs “Ley de Amparo” in ceremony in Mexico City

Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s President, signed the recently passed “Ley de Amparo” during a noontime ceremony in the Reception Hall of the National Palace, saying the amendments to Section 103 and 107 of the Mexican Constitution is the main instrument that people have to protect against abuse of authority. While this reform legislation was introduced

It’s official! Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has solved the problem of violence in Mexico

Mexican President Erique Pena Nieto said he would do it. Sending troops back to their barracks and turning prosecution of the wars between criminal organizations over to local, State and Federal Police forces and in his first 100 days, well, the soldiers are still on the streets, ( as they should be) but you won’t

Mexico’s President Elect Enrique Pena Nieto speaks on Mexico’s next chapter

More political rhetoric? Pandering to his detractors or simply an honest assessment of his goals as Mexico’s next President? Mexico’s President elect, Enrique Pena Nieto submitted this op-ed piece to the New York Times this morning. On Sunday, Mexicans turned out in large numbers to vote for change — a change in priorities and approach,

Mexico Politics 2012 – Mexico’s “Old Guard” back in power with election of Enrique Pena Nieto

The “old guard” of Mexican politics, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) is poised to return to power in December with the election of Enrique Pena Nieto in yesterday’s Presidential election in Mexico. According to exit polls and a quick unofficial recount, Pena Nieto defeated three other candidates, Josefina Vazquez Mota (PAN), Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Mexican Congress allows foreign investment in oil giant PEMEX

<h4>Lawmakers defy AMLO leftists protesting measures supporters say will overhaul industry as production declines</h4>  Ignoring thousands of left-wing demonstrators. lawmakers Tuesday and passed constitutional reforms aimed at allowing foreigners limited investment in Mexico’s vulnerable petroleum industry. After debating over the protests of leftist legislators who had taken over the podium in the Chamber of Deputies,

Mexican drug initiative – Rehab for users, harsher penalties for dealers

Turning to Mexico’s increasing narcotics consumption, President Felipe Calderon has proposed stiffer penalties for small-time drug dealers while suspending punishment for addicts who agree to enter rehabilitation. “Drugs are the slavery of this century,” Calderon said in a speech Friday. “Criminals seek to make slaves of children and youths. They seek to place drugs, sometimes

Mexican Congress approves end to criminal penalties for undocumented migrants

Migrant rights activists applauded a vote by Mexico’s Congress to remove long-standing criminal penalties for undocumented migrants found in the country.The measure passed unanimously in the lower house on Tuesday, a day after Senate approval. President Felipe Calderon’s office declined to say whether he would sign the popular measure into law. Mexican lawmakers saw the

Mexican Congress approves judicial reforms but refuses to allow warrantless searches

Mexico’s lower house of Congress on Tuesday approved a sweeping judicial reform that would introduce public, oral trials and guarantee the presumption of innocence, but lawmakers deleted a proposal to allow police to search homes without a warrant.In the 462-6 vote with two abstentions, legislators approved the reform bill, which would also allow information from

Bill to reform Mexican justice system up for vote today

MEXICO CITY — Mexican legislators are expected today to overhaul the country’s famously ineffective justice system, implementing public trials nationwide while turning up the heat on organized crime. The long-awaited “justice reform” bill — the result of several years of fierce debate among security experts, academics and human rights activists — would amend the constitution

Mexico following US elections closely

MONTERREY, Mexico — Cecilia Reyes can’t say where the first Democratic caucus was held but knows Hillary Clinton took New Hampshire by three points over her main opponent — whose name she can’t remember but she knows has Kenyan roots. Reyes, a Mexican citizen, can’t vote in November’s U.S. presidential election. But she’s pulling for

AMLO better suited as social reform leader

A few questions concerning moments in Mexico’s political and social life have been haunting my thoughts. I often find myself wondering how Mexico’s people will see these events 70 or 80 years from now. Will the current political situation be a mere transfer of power, or will this reshape the social landscape of the country?

Ya Basta! It’s time AMLO conceded, moved on

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico’s fiery presidential candidate, has a tough pill to swallow.He lost the July 2 presidential election by a margin of less than 1 percent to National Action Party candidate Felipe Calderón. López Obrador has contended there was electoral fraud. The loss has led to massive protesting that until recently has been

Electoral officials maintaining impartiality

MEXICO CITY — Over the past 16 years, this nation’s electoral institutions have gone from toothless watchdogs to respected pillars in a blossoming democracy. But the electoral system now faces its biggest test as arbiter in the close presidential vote. On Sunday night, the Federal Electoral Institute, or IFE, refused to call a winner on

Protesters hit streets over Mexico vote

MEXICO CITY — Vowing they won’t let the ruling party cheat them out of victory, angry supporters of populist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador took to the streets Tuesday in what likely was the first wave of larger demonstrations to come. Chanting and sign waving came on the eve of a review of preliminary,

Calderón sees numbers on his side

MEXICO CITY — After Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute announced that there would be no official winner in Mexico’s presidential election until later this week, Felipe Calderón confidently took to the stage at his party’s headquarters, rattled off a list of exit polls and declared that his National Action Party had won six more years in