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Nov 8, 2012

Ally of Mexico’s Pena Nieto backs export of marijuana

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico should legalize the export of marijuana after voters in two U.S. states opted to allow possession and sale of the drug for recreational use, an ally of incoming Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said.

Cesar Duarte, governor of Chihuahua, one of the Mexican states worst hit by drugs violence, said the decision on Tuesday by voters in the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington offered a “very clear” hint for Mexico on how to approach marijuana.

Nov 7, 2012

Romney’s Mexican cousins lament U.S. election loss

COLONIA JUAREZ, Mexico, Nov 6 (Reuters) – In a verdant oasis
in the deserts of northern Mexico, Republican challenger Mitt
Romney’s Mormon cousins mourned his presidential election defeat
on Tuesday as a lost opportunity to pull the U.S. economy out of
the doldrums.

Romney’s relatives in Mexico, whom he has never visited, had
high hopes their clan’s most famous son would win the keys to
the White House, create jobs and boost trade.

Nov 7, 2012

Romney’s Mexican cousins rooting for him in U.S. election

COLONIA JUAREZ, Nov 6 (Reuters) – In a lush desert oasis in
northern Mexico that Republican challenger Mitt Romney has never
visited, his Mormon cousins are praying he will win the keys to
the White House – and once in the door, rethink his immigration
policies.

Kent Romney, 67, a fruit grower and distributor of
fruit-packing supplies, said as Americans voted on Tuesday that
his second cousin Mitt would make a good president.

Oct 29, 2012

Mexican city battered by drug gangs feels lure of truce

TORREON, Mexico (Reuters) – In a five-year struggle with Mexico’s most notorious drug cartel, the city of Torreon has suffered a 16-fold increase in murders, fired its police department and lost control of its main prison to the gang.

The Zetas cartel arrived in Torreon in mid-2007, and this center of manufacturing, mining and farming once seen as a model for progress has become one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities.

Oct 2, 2012

Analysis: Mexican labor reform signals battles ahead for Pena Nieto

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – By the time Mexico’s president-elect, Enrique Pena Nieto, takes office in December, he will almost certainly have a labor reform law on the books and one less battle to fight with skeptics inside his party.

But plenty more skirmishes await as the youthful Pena Nieto, 46, faces a showdown with traditionalists in his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), commonly dubbed “dinosaurs.”

Sep 14, 2012

Mexico’s Pena Nieto eyes trade, security ties in Latin America

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s incoming President Enrique Pena Nieto will tour Latin America next week seeking to pave the way for deeper cooperation in the fight against drug gangs and stronger trade ties.

In his first major trip since Mexico’s electoral tribunal confirmed him as president elect, Pena Nieto is to hold talks with leaders in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and Chile after beginning his week’s travels in neighboring Guatemala.

Sep 13, 2012

Mexico City mayor seeks to unite left after split

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard is trying to rally Mexico’s left behind him after rival Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would break with the established parties following his defeat in July’s presidential election.

Lopez Obrador led a three-party leftist alliance to second place in the election, but on Sunday he told a massive crowd in Mexico City he would form a new political group, potentially opening up a serious rift in the left.

Jul 13, 2012

Analysis: Mexican political minnows hold big cards in new Congress

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Throughout Mexico’s election campaign, the party that held the country in an iron grip for most of the 20th century was tipped to recapture the presidency by storm and take control of Congress.

In the end, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, fell short of a legislative majority and it may now have to lean heavily on two fringe parties to pass reforms.

Jul 6, 2012

Analysis: Combative leader a mixed blessing for Mexico’s Left

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Time and again, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has proven that Mexico’s left-wing parties cannot compete without him. But after his defeat in Sunday’s presidential election, they may not be able to prosper with him either.

The most successful Mexican leftist in a generation has taken his followers to within sight of power in the last two presidential elections – only to fall short, reject the results and end up in a defiant stand-off with rivals.

Jul 2, 2012

Enrique Pena Nieto, the new face of Mexico’s old rulers

MEXICO CITY, July 2 (Reuters) – The smooth, boyish features,
crisp white shirts and slick black hair parted perfectly from
the left finally broke the spell that had frozen Mexico’s old
rulers out of office.

Only a hint of gray at the temples betrays signs of age in
Enrique Pena Nieto, the man who brought the Institutional
Revolutionary Party (PRI) back in from the cold.