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Mexican Labor Laws on Track to Change Radically

By RICARDO CASTILLO  Last May 1, which happened to be International Labor Day, Mexico’s Labor Secretary Luisa María Ugalde announced the new labor reform which became law upon being published in the Official Gazette of the Federation. “(This law is) historic because it looks after a pending debt in the nation, because democracy and freedom had not arrived in the

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Muñoz Ledo Withdraws from Chamber of Deputies Presidency

By RICARDO CASTILLO After six hours of heated debate, Mexican Chamber of Deputies president-reelect Porfirio Muñoz Ledo decided on Tuesday Sept. 3, to step down from the post. By so doing, he prevented a constitutional crisis within the chamber, which in turn would have reflected in more conflict for the bills that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) wants to

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Former Presidents Lose Pension, Military Protection

By RICARDO CASTILLO     Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is not yet president of Mexico, but he’s already indirectly issued his first executive order through the Mexican Senate. On Monday, Nov. 6, his first fully fulfilled campaign promise to strip former presidents of their juicy pension went into effect as Senate President Martí Batres ordered the publication in the Official Gazette of the

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Peers Clash in New Mexican Congress’ First Week

By RICARDO CASTILLO     What happened during the first week of the National Regeneration Movement’s (Morena) new majority in both Mexican houses of Congress (the Chamber of Deputies and the Chamber of Senators) only served to prove what I had suspected: The Mexican left, now represented by the Morena political party, has been down so long that its members don’t know what to do

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Porfirio Muñoz Ledo, Under the Limelight Again at Age 85

By RICARDO CASTILLO     The new Chamber of Deputies president, Porfirio Muñoz Ledo, is a master of political discourse and parliamentary procedures. During the “installation” (to use the Mexican term for inauguration) of the two houses of Congress last Saturday, Sept. 1, Porfirio, at age 85, presided over the inaugural process of the 64th Legislature. And in so doing, he showed his experience

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