MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s embattled ruling conservatives will enter the 2012 election year with renewed hope if the president’s older sister can pull of an unprecedented win in a state ballot on Sunday.
Luisa Maria Calderon’s capture of the governor’s office of Michoacan would throw sand in the eyes of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the favorites to take the presidency in 2012.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A leading presidential candidate of Mexico’s ruling party said on Wednesday he would break with government policy and withdraw the army from the fight against drug gangs if he wins the election in 2012.
Santiago Creel, a former interior minister belonging to the conservative National Action Party (PAN), told Reuters that President Felipe Calderon’s military strategy had served its course and that he would change “everything” as leader.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Felipe Calderon has said politicians in the main opposition party may consider deals with criminals, opening an inflammatory new front in the nation’s presidential election campaign.
Calderon’s blunt remarks about the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which is favored to win the July 1, 2012 election, are unusual in a country where the president is expected to stay largely aloof from party politics.
MEXICO CITY, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The frontrunner to be
Mexico’s next president on Monday pledged to crack down on
monopolies, boost the country’s tax take and overhaul
state-owned oil monopoly Pemex if he wins a 2012 election.
Outlining his economic priorities for the first time,
Enrique Pena Nieto promised to maintain macro-economic
stability, double spending on infrastructure and face down the
challenge posed by India and China to Mexican firms.
MEXICO CITY, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A mounting drugs war death
toll, deadlock in Congress and fears of a U.S. economic
slowdown are clouding the outlook for Mexico ahead of a
presidential election next July.
Anger is growing about the roughly 42,000 lives that have
been lost since President Felipe Calderon launched a war on
drug cartels in late 2006, and violence has spun out of control
in large areas along the U.S.-Mexico border. [ID:nN15124805]
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rich nations are failing to do enough to compensate Ecuador for not tapping billions of dollars worth of oil from the biologically diverse Yasuni jungle reserve, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said on Friday.
Ecuador launched its Yasuni project last year to protect the area’s rich flora and fauna, seeking some $3.6 billion in donations by 2024 from developed nations and foundations for leaving an estimated 846 million barrels of oil in the ground.
NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Peru’s central bank governor,
Julio Velarde, said on Wednesday he does not see a need to
change current interest rate policies despite the global
“There is no need to act now, it might change if the
situation deteriorates,” Velarde told journalists when asked if
he saw the need to change interest rates due to the global
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday he was confident most U.N. Security Council members would endorse Palestinian statehood but the United States underscored its pledge to veto the move despite the risk of diplomatic fallout.
Diplomats still hope to avert the political crisis looming over this year’s meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, but Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said he thought at least nine of the 15 members of the Security Council would back the Palestinian bid.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday he was confident the U.N. Security Council would vote to recognize Palestinian statehood and urged the United States to reconsider its veto threat as efforts to resolve the impasse appeared deadlocked.
As diplomats scrambled to contain a political crisis looming over this year’s meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said he believed at least nine of the 15 members of the Security Council would endorse the Palestinian move.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday turned up pressure on the United States to curb demand for illicit drugs, hinting that legalization of narcotics may be needed to weaken the drug cartels.
Mexico, which has been racked by a bloody conflict between the government and drug cartels, is paying the price for its proximity to the United States, Calderon said in a speech to the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in New York.