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Mexico's state electric monopoly gets new boss

Mexico City, Feb 5 (EFE).- Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has appointed economist Enrique Ochoa Reza as new chief executive of state electricity monopoly CFE, the Energy Secretariat said Wednesday. Ochoa Reza replaces Francisco Rojas, who submitted his resignation on Tuesday "for personal reasons," the secretariat said, hailing Rojas' leadership during a "time of great transformations." The president chose Ochoa Reza "to continue the work of strengthening and modernizing CFE within the framework of the energy-sector overhaul" signed into law in December, it added.

Mexico allows coalition governments, re-election of lawmakers

Mexico City, Feb 1 (EFE).- Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a political-electoral overhaul that will allow the formation of coalition governments and the immediate re-election of federal lawmakers. In a ceremony Friday at the Chapultepec Castle, Peña Nieto described the overhaul as a "momentous (step) toward the consolidation of Mexican democracy" that will bolster the government's capacity to forge agreements and push through far-reaching changes.

Mexican president to seek OK on telecom, oil reform specifics

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Friday he will send secondary laws that flesh out landmark telecoms and energy reforms for congressional approval as he seeks to boost competition and economic growth. Pena Nieto pushed a series of reforms through Congress last year, which also spanned taxes and education, but the implementation of energy and telecoms reforms requires a separate batch of secondary laws.

Mexican leader to visit Cuba to take advantage of "key moment"

Mexico City, Jan 23 (EFE).- Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto next week will make a state visit to Cuba during which he will seek to take advantage of a "key moment" to strengthen the "historic and close" relations between the two countries. That is how Mexico's deputy foreign secretary, Vanessa Rubio, described the upcoming trip on Thursday in an interview with Efe just days before Peña Nieto departs for Havana.

Mexican president says Texas execution sets 'bad precedent'

By Michele Sani DAVOS (Reuters) - The execution of Mexican citizen Edgar Tamayo by lethal injection in Texas sets a bad precedent for upholding international law, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Thursday. The Mexican government had called on Texas to halt Wednesday's execution, calling it a violation of international law, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had asked Texas Governor Rick Perry to consider a stay.

Mexico's response to vigilante groups insufficient

Mexico's response to the rise of vigilante groups fighting drug cartels has been "very unclear" and "below expectations," Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. HRW Americas' director Jose Miguel Vivanco warned at a press conference of danger posed by armed civilians taking over the state's security roles. The government under President Enrique Pena Nieto "has been very unclear" and this has caused "great uncertainty" regarding its position toward the self-defense groups, Vivanco said.

Mexico replaces top security officials in troubled state

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican officials on Friday said top security officials would be replaced in a western state that has been shaken by conflict between a powerful drug gang and heavily armed vigilantes. Michoacan Governor Fausto Vallejo told reporters that he had named a new state attorney general and also announced new top officials for regional prosecutors offices. Top police officials were also replaced.

Mexican official pledges swift return to order in troubled state

By Simon Gardner APATZINGAN, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico will deliver "immediate change" to a troubled state in the west of the country that has been shaken by conflict between a powerful drug gang and heavily armed vigilantes, a newly named government official said on Thursday. The government this week stepped up efforts to restore order in the impoverished, agricultural state of Michoacan, where violence has stained the security record of President Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office at the end of 2012.

Italy's Letta sees opportunities in Mexico's energy reform

By Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Monday he sees opportunities for Italian firms to invest in Mexico's energy sector thanks to a government opening of the ailing, long-shuttered industry.

Obama to visit Mexico in February for leaders summit

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will visit Mexico in February to attend a North American leaders' summit, the White House said on Monday. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama would travel to Toluca, Mexico, on February 19. Obama will attend the annual North American leaders summit along with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
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