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To Cover US Deal, Mexico's President Will Sell His Plane

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador flies commercial anyway

(Newser) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador plans to fulfill a 2018 campaign promise to sell the country's presidential plane—though the estimated $150 million won't go to help poor communities as he initially stated. As the BBC reports, funds from the sale of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will... More »

Mexico Minister Quits After Delaying Flight for 38 Minutes

She pulled strings at national airline

(Newser) - A government minister in Mexico who pulled strings to delay a flight she was about to miss has apologized and resigned. According to the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, environment minister Josefa Gonzalez Blanco asked an Aeromexico exec she knew to delay the flight from Mexico City to... More »

Oil Firm Says They Were Stealing Fuel. Then, a Giant Fireball

Pipeline explosion kills 66, injures dozens in Tlahuelilpan, Mexico

(Newser) - A massive fireball that engulfed people scooping up fuel spilling from a pipeline ruptured by thieves in central Mexico killed 66 people and left 85 others missing in what was a chronicle of a tragedy foretold. It came just three weeks after new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched an... More »

Trump: My Promise Stands, Mexico Will Pay for Wall

They'll do so through the revised NAFTA deal, says president, but details are scant

(Newser) - President Trump on Thursday revived his promise that Mexico would pay for a border wall. But this time, he linked it to the revised NAFTA deal . The morning tweet : "I often stated, 'One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.' This has... More »

New Mexican President Promises End to Secrecy

He says he'll hold press conference every day

(Newser) - Mexico's newly inaugurated president kicked off his first Monday in office with something not seen in recent history—a news conference and a pledge to hold one every working day of his six-year term to keep the people informed. Two days after taking the oath as the first leftist... More »

Mexico's New Prez Pledges 'Deep and Radical' Change

Lopez Obrador is first leftist in 70 years, first foreign dignitaries he greets are Pence, Ivanka

(Newser) - Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took the oath of office Saturday as Mexico's first leftist president in 70 years, reports the AP , marking a turning point in one of the world's most radical experiments in opening markets and privatization. In his first speech to Congress, Lopez Obrador pledged "... More »

Mexico's President-Elect: 'I Won't Betray the People'

Leftist leader wants 'friendship and respect' with the US

(Newser) - Mexico has a new president-elect —and, like many of his countrymen, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is not a big fan of President Trump. The populist leftist leader has denounced the American president as "erratic and arrogant" and published a book last year called "Oye Trump"—"... More »

Mexico Elects Leftist President

AMLO won in a landslide

(Newser) - Leftist populist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has claimed victory in Mexico's presidential election, calling for reconciliation after what he called a "historic day." Lopez Obrador vows that profound change is coming, but says individual and property rights will be guaranteed. He promises respect for the autonomy of... More »

Mexico Recount Confirms It: Pena Nieto Won

But accusations of vote-buying persist

(Newser) - The official count of Mexico's presidential election has confirmed the victory of Enrique Pena Nieto, the candidate seeking to return the former autocratic ruling party to power after a 12-year hiatus. The Federal Electoral Institute reported late yesterday that with nearly 100% of the ballot boxes counted—and about... More »

Recount Ordered in Mexico

More than half of presidential election ballots to be reopened

(Newser) - Enrique Peña Nieto's victory in Mexico's presidential election is looking a lot murkier than it did over the weekend. The country's election authority has ordered 78,012 ballot boxes—54.5% of the total—to be reopened and recounted. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who came in... More »

Mexicans Protest Election 'Irregularities'

Obrador refuses to concede after 'dirty election'

(Newser) - History is repeating itself in the wake of Mexico's presidential election. Just like in 2006, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party is refusing to concede defeat after a closer-than-expected result, reports CNN . He says the "election was plagued by irregularities before, during, and after... More »

Old Guard Wins in Mexico

Enrique Pena Nieto of Institutional Revolutionary Party new president

(Newser) - Opposition presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto has won the Mexican election—along with several other members of his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). "It is a resounding triumph," Peña Nieto's campaign manager declared, adding that he was hopeful the PRI would also have a majority in... More »

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