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Mexico: Legislative Paralysis Over Appointments Sets Troubling Precedent

The week-long Senate crisis over key appointments, with spill-over effects in the Chamber of Deputies, has finally ended. Although it was exacerbated by frenzied news coverage, the root of the dispute was the controversial “fast track” appointment of current Prosecutor General Raul Cervantes to become the new attorney general (see our 5 September Latest Analysis).

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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: Pemex’s High Profits Tarnished by Corruption Allegations

On 27 July Pemex submitted its third consecutive quarterly report showing net profits. In the first half of 2017 the company made $6.78bn in profits. This was enormous turnaround from 14 years of losses, including the $8.15bn in losses that Pemex recorded during the first half of 2016. While these new figures are certainly positive,

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Mexico: Pemex Pressured Over Layoffs: Political Implications

On 26 June Senator Dolores Padierna, of the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), called for Pemex CEO Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya to appear before the Senate and explain why 3,000 of the company’s employees were recently laid off. She once again castigated Mexico’s energy reforms and accused them of being responsible for the layoffs. Dismissing

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Mexico: Round 2.1 Yields “Splendid Results”

Despite uncertainty over energy prices and domestic politics, Round 2.1 was quite successful, with contracts awarded for 10 out of 15 shallow-water blocks. Indeed, Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell said that the first tender yielded “splendid results.” He estimated that the contracts will entail investments of $8.1bn throughout their 35-year duration, creating 82,000 direct

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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: State Elections Leave Political Parties Scrambling

Elections in the states of Mexico, Coahuila, Nayarit and Veracruz on 4 June have raised many pressing questions in the Mexican political sphere. Voting in each of these states has its own local implications, but at the national level their effects are crucial, leading parties to revise strategies, make internal rearrangements and consider external alliances.

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Mexico: PAN and PRD May Form Opposition Front for 2018 Elections

On 4 June the State of Mexico will elect a new governor. With a population of 17mn, including more than 11mn voters, the state is the most coveted prize for Mexico’s political parties, particularly as the launch pad for the 2018 presidential elections. As a result, in the state’s gubernatorial campaigns, candidates often exchange corruption

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Mexico: Corruption Cases Re-emerge at Pemex: Impact on the PRI

Allegations of corruption in the federal government, and more specifically at Pemex, have re-emerged in Mexican media since late February, when the Superior Audit of the Federation (ASF) released a study on the management of the federal budget in 2015. The ASF, the government agency in charge of overseeing expenditures at the federal level, revealed