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Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

Peña Nieto names transition team, which includes former PRD mayor of Mexico City and former Panal presidential candidate

In interview with Televisa, Peña Nieto says old PRI will have no place in his government; negotiation to be key, he says

One member of transition team is sister of Subcommander Marcos; Paloma Guillén has been a Tamaulipas state prosecutor and federal legislator

President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party named his transition team on Tuesday, divided into two teams: one is for the government transition, and the second is to address the issues of security and dialogue. Economist Luis Videgaray, 44, who was Peña Nieto's campaign manager, will head the transition team. Former Hidalgo state Gov. Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, 48, will head the security and dialogue team.
Update, Sept. 17: Story on Chong (PDF). Jump.

Members of the dialogue team include Rosario Robles, a former interim Mexico City mayor for the Democratic Revolution Party, and Roberto Campa, a longtime PRIista who ran for president in 2006 under the banner of the New Alliance Party, which is allied with the national teachers union.

Robles, also a former president of the PRD, joined with with former National Action Party President Manuel Espino in supporting Peña Nieto's candidacy.
Update, Sept. 15: Emeequis columnist Raúl Trejo Delarbre blasts naming of Robles, saying she is an opportunist who governed Mexico City badly.

Paloma Guillen VicenteAlso on the transition team as a liaison to Congress is Paloma Guillén Vicente, the sister of Chiapas rebel Subcommander Marcos, who is originally from Tamaulipas state. Formally known as Mercedes del Carmen Guillén Vicente. she has long been a member of the PRI and just finished a term as a federal congresswoman. She previously served as Tamaulipas' attorney general. Story, Los Angeles Times. Page about her on EnriquePeñ

In a two-part interview whose first part was broadcast on Joaquín López-Doriga's nightly Televisa newscast, Peña Nieto said the old, authoritarian PRI will have no place in his government. He said the people, by giving Mexico a Congress where no party or coalition has a majority, has spoken, telling the country's leaders that dialogue to move the country forward is necessary.

Many experts wonder who is representing the new PRI, as they see Old Guard leaders heading the PRI delegations in Congress and are hard pressed to identify "new PRI" governors.

Peña Nieto said he would sit down with losing candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador to discuss the nation's future once the former Mexico City mayor recognizes the PRIista's victory in the presidential race.

Eduardo Ruiz Healy on how Peña Nieto must negotiate, and well, to succeed.

Update: Peña Nieto, Osorio Chong publish memorial ads in Tijuana newspaper in honor of María Elvia Amaya de Hank, who died Sept. 8. She was the wife of former Tijuana Mayor and gambling magnate Jorge Hank Rhon.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012

Peña Nieto supports new labor law, says he will try to be on time more often but wants to focus on the positive and the future

In the second part of a two-part interview broadcast on Joaquín López-Doriga's nightly Televisa newscast Wednesday, President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto said he supports the introduction of a new labor law for Mexico, and said it is to be determined what support a labor law proposal by President Felipe Calderón will receive in Congress.

Asked to say what his faults were, Peña Nieto said one was that he was not on time enough. He declined to name any other faults, saying he wanted to focus on the positive and work for making the country's future better for all Mexicans. He said his government will be making adjustments in security policy to try to make the country a safer place.

Peña Nieto also met Wednesday with President Felipe Calderón, and said the transition shows Mexico's democratic maturity. Story on Peña Nieto-Calderón meeting in Frontera (PDF).

Update, Sept. 10: Columnist Rubén Aguilar (PDF) says Calderón has thrown two spitballs at Peña Nieto by sending the labor reform and a bill to provide more transparency in state spending to Congress. Peña Nieto has said he is for labor reform and more transparency, but what happens when push comes to shove? A top PRI official recently told MexicoPerspective that little is likely to happen on the reforms until after Peña Nieto takes office.

Meanwhile, columnists and articles reported that losing presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador is being abandoned by many supporters. Félix Fuentes column (PDF). López Obrador will be holding a rally in Mexico City on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Update, Sept. 7: Sergio Sarmiento notes that Mexico City Mayor-elect Miguel Angel Mancera, elected on the ticket of López Obrador's coalition, shook Peña Nieto's hand at the state-of-the-state address of Mexico state Gov. Eruviel Avila. Sarmiento's column (PDF).

Update, Sept. 10: López Obrador announces that he is separating himself from the Democratic Revolution Party coalition.

Mention of part one of Televisa interview with Peña Nieto.