Government agencies began preparations to prevent violence in upcoming elections following a wave of assassinations of political candidates in different parts of the country.
The Interior Secretariay called on the governors of Baja California, Durango, Guanajuato, Puebla, Quintana Roo, Tamaulipas and Veracruz to create safety conditions in their states for peaceful elections.
The Mexican Bishops Conference called on candidates and parties to avoid frauds, buying votes and intimidating voters, violence and cheating the poor… The Bishops Conference backed Chilpancingo Bishop Salvador Rangel who apparently reached an agreement asking drug lords for peace.
The latest victim of violence was a Green Party candidate for local deputy in Michoacán, Maribel Barajas, killed on Wednesday. According to Excélsior newspaper 63 candidates have been killed since last September.
Mayors across the country have also been assassinated according to the Mayors of Mexico webpage, in this administration 24 have been killed as well as four city councilmembers. The latest victim was Efraín García, the mayor of Tlanepantla, in Puebla, a member of the Labor Party.
Presidential candidates condemned violence and addressed the issue of security.
Frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he would change the current security strategy and will call on the population and even the Pope to end violence.
In a controversial decision the Federal Electoral Tribunal authorized the candidacy of Chihuahua governor Jaime Rodríguez. The INE filed a complaint against him because of the use of fake signatures. PRD, PAN and PT senators lamented the tribunal’s decision despite Rodríguez’s use of fake voting cards.
PRI presidential candidate José Antonio Meade welcomed Rodríguez to the race…
Morena candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that citizens and not election bodies decide the elections and undecided voters will choose him over Rodríguez because of his tarnished reputation.
Former first lady Margarita Zavala, running as an independent candidate for the presidency criticized the court’s decision to include Rodríguez on the ballot because it does not contribute to certainty. PAN-PRD presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya said it will not benefit or harm anyone.
Jaime Rodríguez was set to begin his campaign Saturday in Monterrey and he warned he would immediate focus his attacks on López Obrador.
A decision by the Federal Electoral Tribunal is still pending regarding the independent run for the presidency by Armando Ríos Piter.
The week ended with an announcement: President Enrique Peña was set to meet Saturday in Lima with U.S. Vice president Mike Pence to discuss bilateral relations.
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