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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s finance ministry on Monday announced a second package of 29 infrastructure investments assembled between the government and the private sector worth some 228 billion pesos ($11.4 billion), aimed at lifting the nation’s ailing economy. FILE PHOTO: A view of Mexico city?s skyline during a sunset October 17, 2011. Reuters reported last week that the investments would be in the region of $10 billion. The proposed plant is one of the biggest privately funded energy projects in Mexico. The central bank and private economists forecast a longer recovery to pre-pandemic levels for the economy.
Persons: Carlos Jasso, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Arturo Hererra, Sempra, Carlos Salazar, ” Lopez Obrador Organizations: MEXICO CITY, Monday, REUTERS, Reuters, Finance, Mexico’s Business Coordinating Locations: MEXICO, Mexico, Ensenada
Brazil's Bolsonaro to wait 'a bit longer' to recognize winner of U.S. election
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gives a thumbs up after voting during the municipal elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 29, 2020. REUTERS/Pilar OlivaresRIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said on Sunday he will wait “a little bit longer” to recognize a winner in the U.S. presidential election, suggesting there was evidence of fraud in the process. After voting in local elections in Rio de Janeiro, Bolsonaro, an ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, said he had heard the U.S. vote was rigged, but presented no evidence. “I have sources and they said there was a lot of fraud,” Bolsonaro said of the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3. “You need to have a more reliable way to vote and the count has to be public,” he said.
Persons: Jair Bolsonaro, Pilar Olivares RIO, Donald Trump, ” Bolsonaro, , , Democrat Joe Biden, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Trump’s, Biden Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, U.S, Democrat, Electoral, Supreme, Republicans Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, JANEIRO, Bolsonaro, U.S
Exclusive: Second Mexico investment plan worth up to $10 billion - sources
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Dave Graham | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The second package of infrastructure investments assembled between the Mexican government and the private sector is worth up to about 200 billion pesos ($10 billion), according to two people familiar with the matter. Lopez Obrador said on Nov. 6 the next bundle of private sector-backed investments would soon be unveiled. The planned investments should be worth in the region of 170-200 billion pesos, though details are still being finalized, the two sources said. A third private sector investment package could be ready by early February, one of the sources said. Lopez Obrador has veered between condemning business interests as a corollary of political corruption, and underlining private investment’s importance to economic growth.
Persons: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Lopez Obrador, Carlos Salazar, Sempra Organizations: MEXICO CITY, Mexico’s Business Coordinating, Infraestructura, SAB Locations: MEXICO, Mexico, U.S, Ensenada
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico City has launched a test-and-trace approach to containing the coronavirus, after a rise in hospitalizations that has raised fears of a new economic lockdown in one of the world’s largest urban centers. Mexico City is proposing to double the number of daily coronavirus tests to 10,000 by adding rapid testing at pop-up sites in highly populated areas, health centers and at sports stadiums including the legendary Azteca Stadium. “The goal...is to break the chain of contagion by identifying and isolating positive cases early,” the Mexico City Health Department said in a statement to Reuters, adding that the testing would continue until the infection curve was flattened. Luis Alvarez, a 54-year-old Mexico City resident, said he thought the program made sense. Across Mexico, the novel coronavirus has infected over a million people and killed nearly 103,000, according to health secretary data.
Persons: Claudia Sheinbaum, Luis Alvarez, It’s, , Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, , ” Lopez Obrador, Sheinbaum Organizations: MEXICO CITY, Mexico City, Mexico City’s, Azteca Stadium, Mexico City Health Department Locations: MEXICO, Mexico, hospitalizations, Mexico City, Mexican
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico captured a gang leader accused of being the mastermind behind the massacre of nine women and children of U.S.-Mexican origin, authorities confirmed on Wednesday, a move that Washington hailed as a victory for bilateral cooperation. The multi-year investigation and case against the four-star general was dropped last week in a bombshell decision that U.S. prosecutors said was necessary to assure bilateral security cooperation. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau congratulated Mexican security forces for the new arrests. Reuters reported last week that Mexico had committed to the arrest of a high-level cartel leader under a deal to drop U.S. the drug trafficking charges against Cienfuegos. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and the U.S. Department of Justice have denied a deal.
Persons: Roberto Gonzalez, general’s, Gonzalez, , “ There’s, Adrian LeBaron, Donald Trump, Salvador Cienfuegos, Mexico Christopher Landau, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Organizations: MEXICO CITY, Washington, Defense, U.S, Twitter, Reuters, U.S . Department of Justice Locations: MEXICO, Mexico, U.S, Sonora, United States, Chihuahua, Los Angeles, Mexican, Cienfuegos
Journalist killings in Mexico worst in a decade, government says
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Mexico's undersecretary of Human Rights Alejandro Encinas Rodriguez speaks next to Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (not pictured) during a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico August 30, 2019. Alejandro Encinas, deputy interior minister responsible for human rights, said there had been 138 homicides of journalists since 2010, 38 of them since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office on Dec. 1, 2018. Mexico is often ranked one of most dangerous countries for journalists to work in, and Lopez Obrador took power vowing to bring down violence and step up protections for media workers. However, murders of journalists have risen in tandem with record levels of homicides in Mexico as a whole, much of it fueled by rampant violence among feuding drug cartels. The most dangerous states for journalists since Lopez Obrador took office have been Sonora, Guerrero, Veracruz and Michoacan, according to the government’s figures.
Persons: Alejandro Encinas Rodriguez, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Henry Romero MEXICO, Alejandro Encinas, ” Encinas, Encinas, Lopez Obrador Organizations: Human, REUTERS, Henry Romero MEXICO CITY, Committee, Protection, Journalists Locations: Mexico City, Mexico, Sonora, Guerrero, Veracruz, Michoacan
Mexico's president again declines to congratulate Biden on election win
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes part in the virtual meeting of the Group of 20 (G20) summit, November 22, 2020. Mexico's Presidency/Handout via REUTERSMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday again declined to congratulate Joe Biden for winning the U.S. presidential election, reiterating that once the process is finished in the United states he will make a pronouncement. Lopez Obrador added he has nothing against any candidate or political party in the U.S. electoral process, but prefers not to offer his congratulations until it is concluded. “What’s the best thing? To wait,” he said.
Persons: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Joe Biden, Lopez Obrador, , Organizations: Mexico's, REUTERS MEXICO CITY, Wednesday, U.S Locations: United, U.S
Mexico's president again declines to recognize Biden win
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes part in the virtual meeting of the Group of 20 (G20) summit, November 22, 2020. Mexico's Presidency/Handout via REUTERSSpeaking shortly after China’s President Xi Jinping congratulated Biden for his victory, Lopez Obrador reiterated that it would be wrong to offer congratulations until the electoral process has been formally concluded. “We do not agree with offering congratulations in advance,” Lopez Obrador told reporters at a regular government news conference. The Mexican president said he had nothing against any candidate or political party in the U.S. electoral process. The Mexican president said some in his security cabinet suggested in a meeting on Tuesday that it was time to recognize Biden.
Persons: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, Biden, Lopez Obrador, ” Lopez Obrador, , Donald Trump, antagonizing Trump, Lopez Obrador’s, Organizations: MEXICO CITY, Wednesday, U.S, Mexico's, REUTERS, Republican, Biden’s, Democrats, Democratic Locations: MEXICO, U.S, Mexico, Mexican
Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his 2020 victory, weeks after other world leaders. A handful of world leaders — from Russia, Brazil, and Mexico — have still not congratulated Biden. Chinese President Xi Jinping extended his congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday, more than two weeks after he was widely declared the projected winner of the 2020 US presidential election. The leader of the Chinese Communist Party joins several world leaders who had already congratulated Biden, shortly after major networks called the race for him on November 7. Still, a handful have not offered their best wishes, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Joe Biden, Xi, , Biden, Vladimir Putin, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Jair Bolsonaro Organizations: Xinhua, Chinese Communist Party Locations: China, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Xinhua
(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will reveal his economic team and other key nominees next week, aides said on Wednesday, while he received belated congratulations for his election victory from China’s President Xi Jinping. Biden introduced his foreign policy and national security team on Tuesday as he begins a formal transition to the White House after defeating Republican President Donald Trump. China’s foreign ministry, though not Xi himself, congratulated Biden on Nov. 13, nearly a week after many U.S. allies had, holding out as Trump refused to concede defeat. A Biden transition official said, “We appreciate the congratulations from all world leaders who have conveyed them, including President Xi.”Trump has marked his last year in office with frequent China-bashing. Biden transition adviser Jen Psaki said classified information was already being shared with Biden’s senior team.
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FILE PHOTO: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes part in the virtual meeting of the Group of 20 (G20) summit, November 22, 2020. Mexico's Presidency/Handout via REUTERSMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday denied that Mexico had agreed to capture a cartel leader for the United States in order to secure the return of ex-defense minister Salvador Cienfuegos from U.S. custody. Reuters reported last week that Mexico agreed with U.S. Attorney General William Barr to seek the arrest of a high-level Mexican drug cartel leader as part of a deal to get U.S. drug trafficking charges against Cienfuegos dropped. He said it was wrong to suggest that the United States sent Cienfuegos back so that Mexico would send Washington a leader of organized crime. Mexico’s government, angry it was not forewarned about the investigation, hailed Cienfuegos’ return on Wednesday as a diplomatic achievement and a win for the nation’s sovereignty.
Persons: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Salvador, William Barr, ” Lopez Obrador, Cienfuegos ’, , Padrino, El Padrino ” Organizations: Mexico's, REUTERS MEXICO CITY, Reuters, U.S, Cienfuegos, Drug, Administration, Cienfuegos ’, El Locations: Mexico, United States, U.S, Cienfuegos, Washington, Los Angeles
Mexico president's rating at one-year high with election in sight: poll
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.92   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador looks on during a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico November 11, 2020. Mexico's Presidency/Handout via REUTERSThe face-to-face survey of 1,000 Mexicans between Nov. 12-18 by polling firm Buendia & Laredo showed Lopez Obrador had the support of 64%, bolstered by his social spending programs. Lopez Obrador is gearing up for mid-term elections due on June 6, 2021, which will determine whether he can retain control of the lower house of Congress. Easily the most popular of the president’s policies cited by respondents were welfare spending schemes which target the elderly, students and poorer rural areas, the survey showed. While Mexicans still support his handling of the pandemic, they are becoming more skeptical about it, the poll showed.
Persons: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Lopez Obrador, , Jorge Buendia, Lopez Organizations: MEXICO CITY, Mexico's, REUTERS, Laredo Locations: MEXICO, Mexico City, Mexico
Mexican president calls on rich countries to lessen debt for poorer nations
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures during a news conference at National Palace in downtown Mexico City, Mexico November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/File PhotoMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Sunday called on the Group of 20 (G20) major economies to improve external debt conditions for poor and middle-income countries, as the global economy suffers a recession from the coronavirus crisis. The leftist president has warned against taking on debt and bailing out companies, even as Mexico’s economy is set to contract 10% this year, its worst slump since the Great Depression. “Our proposal consists in ... making a reality the commitment to remove sums of debt and debt-servicing to the poor nations of the world,” Lopez Obrador said in a video as part of the G20 summit. Lopez Obrador also said Mexico’s economy is meeting the government’s expectation of V-shaped recovery, and projected that by next March the number of formal jobs will bounce back to 20.5 million, the amount before the pandemic hit.
Persons: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Carlos Jasso, ” Lopez Obrador, Lopez Obrador, Jose Luis de la Cruz Organizations: REUTERS, MEXICO CITY, World Bank, Institute for Industrial Development Locations: Mexico City, Mexico, United States, Europe
Mexican president urges G20 to avoid debt, bailouts in pandemic
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures during a news conference at National Palace in downtown Mexico City, Mexico November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/File PhotoMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Saturday urged fellow leaders from the 20 biggest world economies (G20) to steer clear of debt and bailouts in the efforts to handle the COVID-19 crisis that has caused a global recession. Within G20, Mexico is the country with the least fiscal support spending as a percentage of gross domestic product. “Avoid taking on debt and even less so if it’s for the benefit of a few, at the cost of the suffering of many,” he said. Lopez Obrador also called on countries to avoid “authoritative measures” such as confinement and curfews, and to have more trust in people to act responsibly in curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Persons: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Carlos Jasso, ” Lopez Obrador, , Lopez Obrador Organizations: REUTERS, MEXICO CITY, Saturday, International Monetary Fund Locations: Mexico City, Mexico, Brazil, Britain, United States
MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mexico has committed to the arrest of a high-level cartel leader under a deal with U.S. Attorney General William Barr to drop U.S. drug trafficking charges against a former Mexican defense minister, a senior Mexican source told Reuters. In return, Mexico privately told Barr it would work with the United States to arrest a high-level cartel leader involved with trafficking large quantities of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, the source said. It has not been previously reported that Barr extracted a promise to hone in on a senior cartel leader in return for releasing Cienfuegos. The United States flew Cienfuegos back to Mexico on Wednesday, after a U.S. federal judge dropped charges against him at Barr’s request. It is the leading cause of overdose deaths in the United States.
Persons: William Barr, Elijah Nouvelage, General Salvador Cienfuegos, Barr, , Daniel Millan, Marcelo Ebrard, Cienfuegos ’, , Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Lopez Obrador’s, Joe Biden, Lopez Obrador, ” Lopez, BARR, Joaquin “ El Chapo ” Guzman, Ebrard, Millan, General Barr, Donald Trump Organizations: MEXICO CITY, U.S, Attorney's, REUTERS, General, Reuters, Cienfuegos, Mexican Foreign, U.S . Department of Justice, United States, Drug Enforcement Administration, Los Angeles International Airport, El, DEA, Jalisco New, Department of Justice Locations: MEXICO, WASHINGTON, Mexico, Mexican, Atlanta , Georgia, U.S, States, United States, “ Mexico, Cienfuegos, Sinaloa, Jalisco
Mexico is fourth country to top over 100,000 Covid deaths
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
MEXICO CITY — Mexico passed the 100,000 mark in confirmed COVID-19 deaths, becoming only the fourth country to do so amid concerns about the lingering physical and psychological scars on survivors. José Luis Alomía Zegarra, Mexico’s director of epidemiology, announced late Thursday that Mexico had 100,104 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, behind only the United States, Brazil and India. Mexico’s number includes only test-confirmed deaths; the true toll is far higher. “Just because the ones who used to steal and loot don’t like what we are doing, or don’t like seeing us in power? ”Mexico’s point man on the pandemic, Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell, bristled Thursday when asked about Mexico reaching 100,000 deaths, criticizing the media for “being alarmist.” López-Gatell has angrily rejected criticisms that the government is undercounting COVID-19 deaths or providing contradictory and weak advice on using face masks.
Persons: José Luis Alomía Zegarra, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Hugo López, , Gatell, undercounting, Magdalena, , Daniel Alfredo López González, López Gónzalez, Dulce María López González, López González, López Gonzalez, shouldn’t, COVID Organizations: MEXICO CITY, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: MEXICO, Mexico, United States, Brazil, India, ” Mexico, COVID
Canopy Growth is angling to dominate the US
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Jeremy Berke | Yeji Jesse Lee | ) www.businessinsider.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth is positioning to enter the lucrative US market after Joe Biden won the US presidency. Curaleaf reported a $9.3 million net loss on $193.2 million in managed revenue. Cresco Labs reported $153.3 million in revenue and $4.9 million in net income. Greenlane Holdings reports $32.3 million in core revenue (non-tobacco), and a $13.8 million net loss. Neptune Wellness Solutions reports C$28.7 million in revenue and a C$23.3 total comprehensive loss.
Persons: Charlie Bachtell, Bachtell, Lori Lightfoot, That's, Jeremy Here's, Joe Biden, David Klein, Joseph Bayern, Bayern, Kevin O'Leary, O'Leary, Trulieve, Curaleaf, Joseph Lusardi, Read, couldn't, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Ralph Northam, Lightfoot Organizations: Cannabis, Canadian, Cresco, Chicago, BI, Holdings, Cresco Labs, Ayr, Greenlane Holdings, Neptune Wellness, Green Thumb Industries, Bayern, Mexico's Senate, Science, Viridian, Chicago Sun, New York Times, BET Locations: , Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Mexico, Uruguay, Canada, Virginia, Madison , Wisconsin, CA, , New Jersey, Jersey
Vote in Mexico brings world's largest legal weed market one step closer
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.90   time to read: +2 min
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s Senate approved a landmark cannabis legalization bill in a landslide vote on Thursday, paving the way for the creation of the world’s largest legal marijuana market if the initiative passes the next hurdle in the lower house of Congress. Marijuana leaves are seen next to Mexico's Senate building at the protest cannabis garden of the Cannabico Mexican Movement in Mexico City, Mexico November 19, 2020. Lopez Obrador’s left-of-center Morena party, which backed the initiative, holds a majority in both chambers of Congress with its allies. Weed companies have expressed interest in a future Mexican legal market, including Canada's Canopy Growth WEED.TO and The Green Organic Dutchman TGOD.TO, as well as a unit of California-based Medical Marijuana Inc MJNA.PK. Sales to adults in authorized businesses would be allowed, provided the product abides by maximum levels of psychoactive ingredients.
Persons: Carlos Jasso, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Olga Sanchez, Lopez Obrador’s, TGOD.TO Organizations: MEXICO CITY, Marijuana, Mexican, REUTERS, Marijuana Inc Locations: MEXICO, Mexico City, Mexico, Morena, California
MEXICO CITY—Mexico said Thursday it will no longer allow officials accused of corruption to be tried in the United States, a move that could end a decades-old tradition in which most of Mexico’s high-profile drug-trafficking and corruption cases have been tried north of the border. Ebrard's statement was not clear on whether Mexico would continue extraditing accused drug traffickers to face charges in U.S. courts, as it has done often in the past, or whether he was only referring to officials accused of collaborating with drug gangs. That decision came after reports that Mexico had threatened to expel the Drug Enforcement Administration’s regional director and agents. He was also accused of introducing cartel leaders to other corrupt Mexican officials. Mexican officials complained that the U.S. failed to share evidence against Cienfuegos and that his arrest came as a surprise.
Persons: Salvador Cienfuegos —, , Marcelo Ebrard, Cienfuegos, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, , ” López Obrador, López Obrador, ” Cienfuegos, Ebrard, ” Ebrard, nabbed, kingpins Organizations: MEXICO CITY, Justice Department, Foreign, U.S, White, U.S . Department of Justice, Los Angeles ., Prosecutors, Cienfuegos, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: MEXICO, Mexico, United States, U.S, Mexican, Cienfuegos, , Los Angeles, New York City, New York
Mexico's former Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos takes the oath before Judge Carol Bagley Amon during a hearing to consider a U.S. government request to drop drug charges, in a courtroom sketch in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S. November 18, 2020. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg MANDATORY CREDIT REFILE - CORRECTING BOROUGHMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that Mexico did not threaten to expel U.S. agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from Mexico in retaliation for the U.S. arrest of former defense minister Salvador Cienfuegos. Lopez Obrador’s statement during his regular morning news conference came after multiple outlets reported Mexico had threatened the agents’ expulsion after the United States arrested the powerful Mexican general at the Los Angeles airport last month. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard reiterated that Mexico had warned of a review of security cooperation in retaliation for not being given advance notice about the investigation and arrest, but emphasized that there was no specific threat regarding expelling agents. The United States dropped the drug trafficking and money laundering charges earlier this week and turned over the investigation to Mexico after diplomatic tensions over the case.
Persons: Salvador Cienfuegos, Carol Bagley Amon, Jane Rosenberg, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Lopez, Marcelo Ebrard Organizations: Defense, REUTERS, MEXICO CITY, Drug Enforcement Agency, United Locations: U.S, Brooklyn, New York City, Mexico, United States, Los
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday said his government did not threaten to expel U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents from Mexico in retaliation for former defense minister Salvador Cienfuegos’ arrest on American soil. “They are saying that we threatened to expel the DEA agents; we did not threaten anyone. General Cienfuegos, defense secretary under Mexico’s then-President Enrique Peña Nieto, was arrested in October at the Los Angeles international airport and accused by U.S. prosecutors of collaborating with one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels. Both the Mexican president and foreign minister emphasized that Mexico was committed to conducting a proper investigation of the powerful general. Some international security analysts have questioned whether Cienfuegos will be properly prosecuted in Mexico.
Persons: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Salvador Cienfuegos ’, Salvador Cienfuegos, Carol Bagley Amon, Jane Rosenberg, Lopez Obrador, , General Cienfuegos, Mexico’s, Enrique Peña Nieto, Marcelo Ebrard, , Ebrard, ” Gladys McCormick Organizations: MEXICO CITY, Drug Enforcement Administration, Defense, REUTERS, Los Angeles, Syracuse University, Reuters Locations: MEXICO, Mexico, U.S, Brooklyn, New York City, Cienfuegos, New York
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge was expected on Wednesday to grant a U.S. government request to drop drug corruption charges against former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, to allow Mexican officials to investigate him. Cienfuegos, 72, had served as Mexico’s defense minister from 2012 to 2018 under former President Enrique Pena Nieto. The Mexican government said its case was based entirely on evidence provided by the United States. Following the arrest, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador threatened to review agreements establishing how U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents operated in the country. Cienfuegos’ case set off a flurry of frantic calls between Barr, DEA Acting Administrator Timothy Shea, and Mexican officials to calm tensions.
Persons: Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Mexico's, General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Daniel Becerril, Carol Bagley Amon, William Barr, Alejandro Gertz Manero, Enrique Pena Nieto, Cienfuegos, Amon, Seth DuCharme, Beltran, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Barr, Timothy Shea, Gertz, Cienfuegos ’, Genaro Garcia Luna, Joaquin “ El Chapo ” Guzman, Garcia Luna Organizations: YORK, Mexican Defense Minister, Defense, REUTERS, U.S, District, Los Angeles International Airport, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S . Department of Justice Locations: Mexico City, Mexico, Brooklyn , New York, Cienfuegos, U.S, United States, Mexican, Sinaloa
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcel Ebrard said the retired army general could be flown back within days. The Mexican government said its case was based entirely on evidence provided by the United States. While in office, Cienfuegos had worked closely with U.S. counterparts on cross-border criminal matters and was a leading Mexican figure fighting that country’s drug war. Following the arrest, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador questioned the work of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in the country, saying they had been close to Cienfuegos for years. The case set off a flurry of frantic calls between Barr, DEA Acting Administrator Timothy Shea, and Mexican officials to calm tensions.
Persons: Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos, Mexico's, General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Daniel Becerril, Carol Bagley Amon, William Barr, Alejandro Gertz Manero, Enrique Pena Nieto, Seth DuCharme, Cienfuegos, Edward Sapone, Marcel Ebrard, Ebrard, Beltran, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Barr, Timothy Shea, Gertz, Cienfuegos ’, Genaro Garcia Luna, Joaquin “ El Chapo ” Guzman, Garcia Luna Organizations: MEXICO CITY, Mexican Defense Minister, Defense, REUTERS, U.S, District, Attorney, Los Angeles International Airport, . Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S . Department of Justice Locations: MEXICO, Mexico, Mexico City, Brooklyn , New York, Cienfuegos, Brooklyn, Mexican, United States, U.S, Sinaloa
NEW YORK/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday granted a U.S. government request to drop drug charges against former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos and return him to Mexico, a move Mexico said would restore trust in the countries’ severely strained security cooperation ties. FILE PHOTO: Mexico's then Defense Minister General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda attends a flag-raising ceremony honoring the victims of the September 1985 and 2017 earthquakes at Zocalo square in Mexico City, Mexico September 19, 2018. Cienfuegos, 72, was Mexico’s defense minister from 2012 to 2018 under former President Enrique Pena Nieto. The charges prompted Mexico’s current government to threaten a review of agreements allowing U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents to operate in the country. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Cinefuegos’ arrest had damaged the trust needed for bilateral cooperation fighting drug gangs, and the dismissal of the charges laid a foundation for future cooperation.
Persons: Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos, Mexico's, General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Daniel Becerril, William Barr, Alejandro Gertz Manero, Carol Bagley Amon, Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s, Seth DuCharme, Cienfuegos, Edward Sapone, ” Sapone, Beltran, Marcelo Ebrard, Cinefuegos, ” Ebrard, , Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Barr, Timothy Shea, Cienfuegos ’, Genaro Garcia Luna, Joaquin “ El Chapo ” Guzman, Garcia Luna Organizations: MEXICO CITY, Mexican Defense Minister, Defense, REUTERS, U.S, District, Drug, Administration, Attorney, Los Angeles International Airport, Foreign Locations: MEXICO, Mexico, Mexico City, Cienfuegos, U.S, Brooklyn , New York, Brooklyn, Spanish, , United States, Mexican, Sinaloa
The feeling in the room was not that Mr. Cienfuegos should have been spared prosecution, but that American law enforcement had violated their trust by keeping Mexico unaware of the investigation of such an important figure, the people said. Enraged military officials pushed the government to take action. The frustration quickly began to spill out into the public sphere. When asked how to interpret the lack of communication from U.S. officials, Mr. López Obrador did not mince his words. “There will be a revision,” of Mexico’s collaboration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Mr. Ebrard said in an interview with Proceso magazine.
Persons: , , Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Cienfuegos ’, López, López Obrador, ” Marcelo Ebrard, Ebrard Organizations: U.S . Drug Enforcement, Mr, Proceso Locations: Mexico, U.S, Los Angeles, Cienfuegos, United States
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