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Apr 9, 2012

Mexico’s ruling party closes ranks around candidate

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling party overhauled its candidate’s struggling presidential campaign on Monday, unveiling a new team and promising a more aggressive strategy to woo undecided voters after a string of public missteps in the first official week of the race.

Josefina Vazquez Mota, aspiring to become Mexico’s first woman president in the July 1 election, said her conservative National Action Party, or PAN, had been bogged down by infighting following a drawn-out primary.

Apr 4, 2012

Mexican conservatives revamp presidential bid

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Conservative candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota will re-jig her campaign to become Mexico’s first woman president in an effort to close a yawning gap with the opposition front-runner, only five days after the race officially began.

Gustavo Madero, chairman of the ruling National Action Party, or PAN, announced the changes in the election strategy following splits within the party and a series of campaign mishaps as the vote looms just 12 weeks away.

Apr 3, 2012

Mexico ruling party’s campaign off to shaky start

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The presidential campaign of Mexico’s ruling party candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota is off to a rocky start after a union protest forced the cancellation of one political rally and attendees streamed out of another this weekend.

Then on Monday, the first woman candidate for president of Mexico’s main political parties, felt ill at an event, interrupted her speech several times and sat down shaking visibly after an strong earthquake rocked the Mexican capital.

Mar 28, 2012

Phone tapping scandal envelops Mexican ruling party candidate

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling party presidential candidate has been forced on the defensive after a leaked recording emerged in which she appeared to accuse the government of spying on her phone calls.

In what seems to be a conversation between Josefina Vazquez Mota and a campaign official, she blames members of President Felipe Calderon’s cabinet for taping her calls, fueling talk of divisions in her party’s faltering bid to retain the presidency.

Mar 27, 2012

Phone tapping row envelops Mexican ruling party candidate

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling party presidential candidate has been forced on the defensive after a leaked recording emerged in which she appeared to accuse the government of spying on her phone calls.

In what seems to be a conversation between Josefina Vazquez Mota and a campaign official, she blames members of President Felipe Calderon’s cabinet for taping her calls, fueling talk of divisions in her party’s faltering bid to retain the presidency.

Mar 25, 2012

Mexican priest abuse scandals cast shadow on pope’s visit

LEON, Mexico (Reuters) – Pope Benedict’s first full day in Mexico was clouded by fresh allegations the Vatican hid evidence of sex abuse by one of the country’s most prominent Roman Catholic leaders for decades.

The authors of a new book say a trove of once-secret Vatican documents prove Church officials ignored complaints of drug use and molestation of seminarians by the late Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Catholic order the Legionaries of Christ.

Mar 24, 2012

Pope visits Mexico pledging to fight drugs “evil”

LEON, Mexico (Reuters) – Pope Benedict arrived in Mexico on Friday promising to “unmask the evil” of drug trafficking in a country ravaged by gang violence that has killed 50,000 people in the past five years.

The pope began his three-day visit to the world’s second-most populous Catholic state in the central city of Leon, where he received one of the most exuberant welcomes of any of his foreign trips.

Mar 23, 2012

Pope pledges to fight “evil” of drugs in Mexico

LEON, Mexico (Reuters) – Pope Benedict landed in Mexico on Friday promising to “unmask the evil” of drug trafficking in a country that has been wracked by a surge in gang violence over the past five years.

The pope began his three-day visit in the central city of Leon with a festive welcome from the president and traditional Mexican mariachis after making strong statements aboard his papal plane about the country’s drug violence.

Mar 23, 2012

Pope arrives in Mexico talking tough on drug gangs

LEON, Mexico (Reuters) – Pope Benedict landed in Mexico on Friday promising to send out a strong message against drug cartels in a country convulsed by a surge in gang violence over the past five years.

The 84-year-old pontiff touched down in the central city of Leon, starting a three-day visit to the world’s second most populous Roman Catholic country. En route to Mexico he pledged to “unmask the evil” of drug trafficking.

Mar 23, 2012

Mexican faithful hope pope’s visit will ease drugs violence

LEON, Mexico (Reuters) – Pope Benedict begins his first visit to Mexico on Friday with the Roman Catholic faithful hoping he will deliver a strong message of peace to temper a brutal drugs war in the deeply religious country.

The pope starts his three-day visit in the central city of Leon, a Catholic stronghold that has avoided the worst of the turf wars and clashes between drug cartels and security forces that have killed some 50,000 people over the past five years.

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      "I cover commodities and general news in Mexico and Central America and as part of the team in Latin America reported on the outbreak of swine flu, a coup in Honduras and the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Before Mexico, I was based in Guatemala for two years."
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