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Oct 1, 2015

Mexico extradites two alleged drug lords to U.S. including ‘La Barbie’

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico has extradited to the United
States two high-ranking alleged drug lords, the attorney
general’s office said on Wednesday, the two most prominent to be
handed over since the escape of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin
“El Chapo” Guzman in July.

The two men, Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez and Gulf Cartel capo
Jorge Costilla, were among 13 defendants transferred to U.S.
authorities. They were sent by plane and are wanted for various
violent crimes and drug trafficking-related offenses.

Sep 1, 2015

Mexico’s opposition plots tag team to wrestle government

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Reeling from their worst electoral drubbing in a generation, Mexico’s main opposition parties are poised to join forces in state elections to weaken President Enrique Pena Nieto’s ruling party before the next presidential election.

The center-right National Action Party (PAN) and leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) had their worst showing since 1991 in June legislative elections and are anxious to turn the tide in a record 12 races for state governor next year.

Aug 27, 2015

Mexico foreign minister takes new post, may augur presidency bid

MEXICO CITY, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Mexican President Enrique
Peña Nieto on Thursday shifted Foreign Minister Jose Antonio
Meade into a key ministry in a cabinet reshuffle that could
provide Meade with a platform to mount a presidential bid in

Meade, 46, served as finance and energy minister in the
previous government and could be an alternative candidate to the
man currently expected to lead the ruling party’s campaign to
replace Peña Nieto in 2018, Manlio Fabio Beltrones.

Jul 22, 2015

Mexico interior minister down but not out after Guzman jailbreak

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Humiliated by the escape of Mexico’s most wanted criminal from a maximum security prison, President Enrique Pena Nieto is under pressure from across the political spectrum to replace his interior minister. But party considerations may stay his hand.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s July 11 jail break through a mile-long tunnel that surfaced right in his cell turned one of Pena Nieto’s greatest successes – the drug lord’s arrest in February 2014 – into a huge defeat.

Jul 14, 2015

Guzman escape turns up heat on Mexican president over corruption

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The dramatic escape on Saturday of the world’s most notorious drug lord has raised pressure on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to curb corruption and the drug gangs that play an outsized and violent role in his country.

    Speaking from Paris, where he was beginning a four-day state visit just as Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was breaking out of jail, Pena Nieto called the escape an “affront to Mexico” and promised a full investigation. But skepticism is rife in Mexico.

Jul 12, 2015

Mexican kingpin ‘Chapo’ Guzman escapes prison for second time

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s most notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has escaped from a high security prison, officials said on Sunday, the second time he has given his captors the slip in 15 years.

Guzman, who once made it on to Forbes’ list of billionaires and is also wanted by the United States, was seen on video entering a shower area at 8.52 p.m. local time on Saturday (0152 GMT Sunday), Mexico’s National Security Commission said.

Jun 26, 2015

Mexicans bash Trump pinata, call him imbecile

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Few presidents of Mexico have managed to unite the country in the way Donald Trump did after he launched his U.S. presidential bid last week with a string of broadsides against America’s southern neighbor.

“Imbecile”, “racist”, “absurd” and “ignorant” were some of the less vulgar words used by prominent Mexicans about Trump after the flamboyant real estate magnate described migrants from Mexico to the United States as drug-runners and rapists.

Jun 15, 2015

Wife of ex-Mexican president announces run for presidency

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The wife of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Margarita Zavala, said on Sunday she would seek to emulate her husband by running for the presidency in 2018, and left open the prospect of staging an independent bid.

A former congresswoman for the center-right National Action Party (PAN), Zavala made a broad appeal across the political spectrum in a spartan two-minute video, saying she would work to improve the economy and the rule of law in Mexico.

Jun 14, 2015

Mexico ruling party strengthens lower house hold – electoral body

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling party and its allies in the lower house of Congress extended their slim majority in last weekend’s elections, according to a preliminary estimate from the National Electoral Institute (INE).

President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the Green Party and the smaller New Alliance Party (PANAL) went into the vote with a narrow majority of 251 seats in the 500-member lower house.

Jun 9, 2015

Mexico’s ruling party close to keeping majority despite violence, graft

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was close to retaining a slim majority in the lower house of Congress on Monday despite losing support in mid-term elections marked by anger over corruption, gang violence and weak economic growth.

Mexicans cast votes on Sunday for the 500-strong lower house as well as nine state governorships and more than 1,000 state and municipal posts in what was seen as a referendum on Pena Nieto’s rule. The Senate was not up for renewal.