Mexico politics - updates

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Mexico's new leftist-majority Congress sworn in

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Morena, which President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador founded just 4 years ago, and its coalition allies will have 307 of the 500 seats in the lower house and 69 of the 128 seats in the Senate

OBRADOR. In this file photo, then Mexico's presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, standing for MORENA party, cheers at his supporters during his first campaign rally, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico, on April 1, 2018. File photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Mexico's president-elect unveils legislative agenda

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:12 PM

The anti-establishment leftist announces a 12-point plan for legislation to deliver the 'true change' he has promised Mexicans fed up with crime and corruption

PLANS. Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a press conference in Mexico City, on July 5, 2018. File photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Mexico president-elect meets predecessor to ready 'transformation'

Jul 04, 2018 - 11:51 AM

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's victory is the first time in Mexico's modern democracy that a candidate has won more than half the vote

MEETING. Handout picture released by the Mexican Presidency showing President Enrique Peña Nieto (L) and newly elected Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during a meeting at the National Palace in Mexico City on July 3, 2018. Handout photo by Mexican Presidency/AFP

133 politicians murdered ahead of Mexico elections – study

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:01 AM

The victims include 48 candidates running for office – 28 who are killed during the primary campaigns and 20 during the general election campaign, says Etellekt

VIOLENCE. Relatives grieve next to the coffin of mayoral candidate and member of the National Regeneration Movement Party (MORENA), Jose Remedios Aguirre, during his funeral in Apaseo El Alto, Guanajuato, Mexico, on May 12, 2018. File photo by Gustavo Becerra/AFP

Top U.S. envoys to meet Mexico president to calm tension

Feb 22, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Border security law enforcement cooperation and trade among other issues will be discussed by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security chief John Kelly

In this file photo, flags of the United States and Mexico wave before the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Qualifier at Rose Bowl on October 10, 2015 in Pasadena, California. Jonathan Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Mexico, U.S. clash over wall as tough trade talks loom

Jan 12, 2017 - 10:33 AM

With 9 days to go until Trump succeeds Barack Obama as US president Mexico is bracing for a new and complex relationship with its main trade partner

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle patrols next to a fence at the U.S.-Mexico border on January 5, 2017 near McAllen, Texas. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Mexican finance minister resigns amid Trump scandal

Sep 08, 2016 - 3:49 PM

Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray a close confidant of President Enrique Peña Nieto steps down amid fallout from the New York billionaire s visit which he helped arrange

Mexico's resigning Secretary of Finance Luis Videgaray during a press conference at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City on September 7, 2016. Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Mexico ruling party trails in key governor races

Jun 06, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Early official results show the PRI leading in just 5 states while losing its grip on two key states Tamaulipas and Veracruz which it has controlled for more than 80 years

A citizen votes in the election of governors on June 5, 2016 in Mexico City. Yuri Cortez/AFP

Trump effigy set ablaze in Mexico Easter ritual

Mar 27, 2016 - 2:24 PM

A smiling figure of the billionaire American businessman goes up in flames during the Easter eve Burning of Judas a tradition in which Mexicans torch effigies of the devil – and of public figures they dislike

'TRUMP' ON FIRE. Mexican's set fire to an effigy of US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on March 26, 2016 in Mexico City during Holy Week celebrations. Yuri Cortez/AFP

Mexico ruling party wins Congress vote after rocky polls

Jun 08, 2015 - 11:19 AM

UPDATED Analyst: The message at the ballot box is that this government hasn t been bad in the past 3 years

VOICE OF THE PEOPLE. A person casts a vote in Oaxaca, Mexico, on June 7, 2015. Mario Arturo Martinez/EPA

Vatican moves to calm row over pope's 'Mexicanization' comment

Feb 25, 2015 - 7:42 PM

The Vatican seeks to end a diplomatic spat that erupted after Pope Francis warned that his native Argentina was in danger of Mexicanization by drug traffickers

In this file photo, Pope Francis speaks to the press aboard a plane during his trip to the Philippines on January 15, 2015. Alessandra Tarantino/Pool/AFP

Mexico's first lady to sell controversial mansion

Nov 19, 2014 - 2:54 PM

The existence of the mansion in a posh Mexico City neighborhood has been an extra headache for President Enrique Peña Nieto

CONTROVERSIAL HOME. Picture of the front of the house recently acquired by Mexican First Lady Angelica Rivera in Mexico City, taken on November 10, 2014. Hector Guerrero/AFP

#Hillary2016? Decision by early 2015, says Clinton

Sep 06, 2014 - 1:57 AM

Clinton: I will be making a decision around probably after the first of the year about whether I am going to run again or not

2016: RUNNING OR NOT? Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at an event at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute on July 23, 2014 in Oakland, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Mexico leader touts reforms amid falling popularity

Sep 03, 2014 - 8:20 AM

Facing sagging popularity Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto uses his second state of the nation speech to tout a drop in drug related violence and defend his economic reforms

STATE OF THE NATION. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto presents his second annual report to the nation during a ceremony held at Naional Palace, in Mexico City, on September 2, 2014. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Central America to ask for US aid to stem immigration

Jul 20, 2014 - 3:48 PM

The presidents will meet Friday July 25 over the humanitarian crisis triggered by some 57 000 unaccompanied minors from Central America who have traveled illegally to the United States since October

WATCHFUL EYES. United States Border Patrol agents mounted on horses and on ground look over persons suspected of crossing the Rio Grande River to enter the United States illegally near McAllen, Texas, USA, 19 March 2014. Larry W. Smith/EPA

Drug war: Mexican forces regain some ground in troubled state

Jan 16, 2014 - 10:57 AM

The turmoil in Michoacan has become the biggest security challenge for President Enrique Peña Nieto s 13 month old administration undermining his pledge to reduce drug violence

Violence as Mexico's Pena Nieto sworn in as president

Dec 02, 2012 - 8:21 AM

UPDATED Mexico s new President Enrique Pena Nieto pledged to reduce the poverty and violence plaguing his country after a rowdy swearing in ceremony marked by protests inside and outside Congress

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during the ceremonial transfer of executive powers, Mexico City, Mexico, 1 December 2012. Photo courtesy of the Office of the President, Mexico.

Mexico's president: drop the 'United States'

Nov 25, 2012 - 9:52 AM

Nothing against the neighbors really Mexico s outgoing President Felipe Calderon has suggested that the United States of Mexico change its name to well just plain Mexico

Social networks play emerging role in Mexico election

May 28, 2012 - 12:44 PM

Online social networks a newcomer in Mexican elections are making a mark on the country s presidential campaign forcing candidates to respond to issues and protests enabled by the Internet