MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s incoming president, Enrique Pena Nieto, on Friday named close allies to head the important finance and interior ministries as he seeks to spur growth and reduce drug-related violence in Latin America’s second-biggest economy.
Right-hand man Luis Videgaray will take on the Finance Ministry, while Pena Nieto’s close political ally Miguel Angel Osorio Chong will oversee a strengthened Interior Ministry that will be responsible for security in the new government.
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) – Inside a notorious Mexican prison where armed convicts used to roam freely, selling drugs and deciding who was allowed in, the state is in control again. Prisoners are back in their cells and the once overcrowded complex sparkles with cleanliness.
But outside on the dusty streets of Ciudad Juarez, store owners lock themselves behind their doors, fearful of police and carefully vetting customers to avoid becoming the next victims of still rampant crime.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.