Cuahtémoc Blanco, the likely mayor-elect of Cuernavaca. (Image: Hefebreo, CC BY-SA 3.0)

The party of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto appears to have won a majority of legislative seats in Sunday’s midterm elections as votes continued to be tallied on Monday, suggesting that widespread dissatisfaction will not prevent Peña Nieto from putting forward his agenda over the second half of his presidency. The election of at least…

Jaime Rodríguez, who is poised to be Mexico's first independent governor. (Image: Estefania Acevedo, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Top Story — In congressional elections marred by gang violence and widespread protests, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party is expected to keep a slight majority as polls closed Sunday. The elections were seen as a litmus test for Peña Nieto, who has faced discontent over poor economic growth and several conflict-of-interest…

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Mexico’s government on Monday faced harsh criticism from a coalition of civil society groups following reports that it suspended the evaluation of public schoolteachers, a main component of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s ambitious education reform as well as a leading grievance of protesting teachers, who have promised to disrupt local elections on Sunday. The reversal…

Mexican federal police.

Top Story — Mexican authorities on Monday reaffirmed their earlier statement that a shootout Friday between federal police officers and suspected criminal gunmen was a legitimate engagement, in which not one of the 42 gunmen killed was executed. Mexico’s top federal police official, Enrique Galindo, said as much on Monday despite statements by people claiming…

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. (Chatham House, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — The administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is drafting legislation to give foreign investors and private companies more leverage over rural landowners, according to government sources who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. If passed in its current format, the proposed bill will comprise the most significant reform of land…

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Top Story — A Mexican military helicopter was shot down on Friday by gunmen seemingly affiliated to the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), highlighting the group’s increased prominence as a target of the government’s ongoing crackdown on criminal organizations. At least three soldiers were killed when the helicopter was shot down over the state of…

Viacrucis participants march through Chahuites, Mexico. (Photo by author)

MEXICO CITY — Ciudad Tecún Umán is sweltering. All of the town’s households and its handful of ramshackle cantinas still use wood-burning stoves, their sweaty attendants braving the compounded afternoon heat. The smoke trails out into the few dusty streets, unpaved, potholed and barely stretching to the edge of the Rio Suchiate, which divides Tecún…