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Mexico: PAN Split Over Cervantes’ “Fast Track” to Attorney General

An open, unprecedented controversy has emerged within Mexico’s right-wing PAN over the election of Ernesto Cordero as president of the Senate’s directive board. This has spilled over into the Chamber of Deputies, which is at risk of paralysis, as no agreement has yet been reached to select the president of its directive board. Accordingly, Congress

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Mexico: PRI Expands Candidacy Eligibility, Spurring Dissent

On 13 August, around 10,000 PRI members attended the party’s 22nd National Assembly in Mexico City. Many political analysts viewed the gathering as a success due to the assertive actions of Pena Nieto and PRI National Leader Enrique Ochoa Reza to consolidate their power over the party and its future going into the 2018 elections.

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Mexico: Pena Nieto Prepares for the Endgame

Pena Nieto is facing growing accusations of corruption and political incompetence, not only from the opposition but also from PRI members outside of the administration. As a result, although he has more than one year before leaving Los Pinos, Pena Nieto is already preparing for the endgame. His three main priorities are determining the PRI’s

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Mexico: Odebrecht Bribery Scandal in Mexico: Will Impunity Prevail?

On 15 May, Marcelo Odebrecht, the former CEO of Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht, made a statement to the Mexican Attorney General’s Office (PGR) on the company’s corrupt involvement with Pemex between 2010 and 2014. Specifically, Odebrecht is accused of operating a network to bribe Pemex officials in exchange for infrastructure development contracts.

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Mexico: Pena Nieto’s Troubled Security Strategy

According to the most recent available data, security conditions are worsening throughout Mexico. Homicides have risen for three years, reaching unprecedented levels in some regions. The total number of homicides rose to 22,935 in 2016, a continued increase from 18,673 in 2015 and 17,324 in 2014. According to the Executive Secretariat of the National System

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Mexico: Gonzalez’s Year at Pemex: Accomplishments and Challenges

A little more than a year ago, on 7 February 2016, President Enrique Pena Nieto announced the resignation of Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya Austin and the appointment of Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya to head the country’s largest company.
Gonzalez had a bumpy start as Pemex’s CEO. Less than a month after his appointment, he had

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Mexico: Fuel Price Policy: The Executive’s Difficult Position

Political tensions re-emerged this week as SCHP prepares to announce an update to fuel prices on 3 February. Whether the federal government decides to stick to its decision to raise fuel prices will signal its strength with respect to opposition parties, with long-term repercussions for the implementation of the overall energy reforms.

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Mexico: Pena Nieto’s Foreign Policy: Inconsistency and Criticism

On 23 January President Enrique Pena Nieto delivered a press conference on what his office called “Mexico’s Position on Foreign Policy,” a series of principles to guide the country in the short term. Pena Nieto established two foreign policy priorities and five guidelines to negotiate with the US as a result of President Donald Trump’s

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Mexico: Board Transparency Bill: Effects on Pemex’s Autonomy

On 26 September Chamber of Deputies Energy Commission member Cesar Rendon Garcia (please see our Personality of the Week) disclosed the details of a bill to modify the framework that regulates the appointments of Pemex independent board members. Rendon explained that President Enrique Pena Nieto had introduced the bill, which ultimately seeks to establish greater