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Mexico government telecom bill undermines watchdog: opposition

By Gabriel Stargardter and Tomas Sarmiento MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's opposition said on Tuesday a government telecom bill undermines a new watchdog by keeping key regulatory powers in the executive's hands, in a spat that could stall the passage of rules aimed at curbing cell phone mogul Carlos Slim and fellow tycoon Emilio Azcarraga's TV group Televisa.

Zambrano to continue as chairman of Mexico's PRD

Mexico City, Mar 23 (EFE).- Jesus Zambrano will serve another term as chairman of Mexico's leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, party officials said. The PRD's National Council also decided to retain Alejandro Sanchez as secretary-general. Zambrano was elected to the post of chairman in March 2011 and his three-year term was up.

Mayor killed in southwestern Mexico

Morelia, Mexico, Mar 22 (EFE).- The mayor of the southwestern Mexican town of Tanhuato was killed Saturday morning outside his home, Michoacan state government officials told Efe. Gustavo Garibay, a member of the conservative opposition National Action Party, or PAN, was gunned down while trying to climb into an armored SUV after leaving his house, they added, citing neighbors as saying the attackers fled in a white vehicle.

Mexico's national security commissioner resigns

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's national security commissioner Manuel Mondragon has resigned, the interior minister said on Sunday, raising questions about the government's strategy to stamp out organized crime. "I accepted the request by (Mondragon) to retire from the field," Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said on his Twitter account.

Mexican president accused of treason over energy overhaul

Mexico City, Feb 5 (EFE).- Leftist stalwart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday launched a legal offensive against the recently approved overhaul of Mexico's oil industry, formally accusing President Enrique Peña Nieto of treason. "We will reverse all of these anti-people, submissive measures. That is the objective of our movement, of our struggle," he said after filing a criminal complaint with the Attorney General's Office. The quixotic legal gambit seeks a Senate trial of Peña Nieto for having agreed to "the surrender of oil to foreign oil companies."

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.

Tens of thousands in Mexico protest energy reform

Tens of thousands of people marched in Mexico City Friday to protest constitutional reforms pushed through by President Enrique Pena Nieto that open the oil and gas industry to foreign investment. An estimated 65,000 people gathered for the protest in the Zocalo, the main square in capital city, an official at the Secretariat of Public Safety told AFP. Some 2,500 police officers were deployed but there were no incidents of violence, the official said.

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 leftist leader says 2015 will be his party's year

Mexico City, Jan 27 (EFE).- Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, leader of the leftist National Regeneration Movement, or Morena, told supporters over the weekend that his movement would be Mexico's dominant political party in 2015. The former Mexico City mayor delivered an address Sunday to Morena's constitutional assembly, whose delegates approved the declaration of principles, statutes and platform. "We are not going to sit around waiting for the notification from the IFE (Federal Electoral Institute)," Lopez Obrador said.

Once-mighty Mexico union boss to remain jailed pending trial

Mexico City, Jan 7 (EFE).- An appellate court rejected a motion from former teachers union chief Elba Esther Gordillo challenging her pre-trial detention on charges of tax fraud, the Mexican Attorney General's Office said Tuesday. Gordillo, 68, was indicted in November for allegedly understating her income on a 2008 tax return. This accusation comes after others already filed by the AG's office against Gordillo for embezzlement and racketeering. Gordillo, who for decades headed Mexico's powerful SNTE teachers union, was arrested last February 26.
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