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Mexico leftist vows to block reforms, warns oil firms

By Simon Gardner CATEMACO, Mexico (Reuters) - Fiery Mexican leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has vowed to stop the government's energy and tax reforms and hopes to lead even bigger protests than when he brought central Mexico City to a standstill after narrowly losing the 2006 presidential election. A colorful renegade and a former Mexico City mayor, Lopez Obrador accuses President Enrique Pena Nieto of trying to sell off Mexico's assets by seeking to lure foreign capital into the state-controlled energy sector.

Mexico left-leaning party proposes limited energy reform

By David Alire Garcia MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's largest left-of-center political party has proposed a plan that would revamp state-oil monopoly Pemex, but without amending the constitution to permit more private investment in the oil, gas and electricity sectors, as the government has suggested. The proposal of the opposition Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, seeks to modernize Pemex by providing it with budget and management autonomy, and create a new fund to administer the nation's energy riches.

Former Mexico City mayor launches new leftist movement

Mexico City, Jul 21 (EFE).- The Progressive Movement, a new group within the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, is being launched with the goal of eventually gaining the party's leadership and winning the presidency, former Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said. Mexico's leftist political forces must work together to take on President Enrique Peña Nieto and the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, Ebrard said during the launch of his movement on Saturday.

Opposition party supporters want Pact for Mexico to continue, poll finds

Mexico City, Jul 15 (EFE).- Supporters of Mexico's two main opposition parties, the the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, and the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, want the Pact for Mexico to continue despite the differences that emerged with the Peña Nieto administration following the recent elections, a poll released Monday says.

PRI accepts defeat in key Mexican gubernatorial election

Mexico City, Jul 13 (EFE).- The candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, for the governorship of Baja California, Fernando Castro Trenti, acknowledged Saturday that the partial results of the July 7 elections are going against him. "We have to assume our responsibilities," Castro Trenti told a press conference in the city of Tijuana. The partial official results favor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, representing the United for Baja California coalition led by the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, which has governed the state since 1989.

Mexico conservatives keep key state governorship

Mexico's conservative opposition retained the governor's seat in Baja California after the ruling party candidate conceded defeat Saturday following a recount in the politically crucial state. The state bordering the United States was the biggest prize in the July 7 regional elections in 14 Mexican states, with analysts saying its result could sink or save a multi-party reform pact. The candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Fernando Castro Trenti, threw in the towel as the recount gave an edge to National Action Party (PAN) rival Francisco "Kiko" Vega.

Mexico begins recount in key state election

Authorities began Wednesday to recount ballots in a key gubernatorial election in the Mexican state of Baja California after preliminary results were scrapped due to a technical glitch. The result of the election in the state, which borders the United States, could have an impact on national politics, with analysts saying that a defeat for the conservative National Action Party (PAN) may threaten a multi-party reform pact.

Mexico faces recount in key governor's race

Mexican electoral officials Monday declared the preliminary results of a race for governor in Baja California invalid after the ruling party and the opposition both claimed victory in the politically pivotal state. The election in Baja California, which borders the United States, was the biggest prize in regional polls held in 14 states on Sunday after one of the most violent campaign seasons in recent years. Analysts say the result in the border state could affect a national political reform pact.

Mexico opposition wins key state vote, boosting reform outlook

By Dave Graham and Miguel Gutierrez MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's economic agenda looked to be on surer footing after local elections on Sunday yielded results that favor a cross-party pact he forged to push reforms through Congress.

PAN-PRD coalition claims victory in Mexico's Baja California state

Mexico City, Jul 8 (EFE).- The coalition formed by the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, and the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, claimed victory Monday in the gubernatorial election held over the weekend in Mexico's Baja California state, while the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, said it would wait for the final results to be released later this week.
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