What he meant to say was…. During the Fifth Health Forum, President Fox clarified his statements regarding Felipe Calderón being the winner of the presidential elections to a foreign correspondents --he meant that Calderon is the winner of the July 2 election, and added that in a few more weeks he will hand over the torch to the next president who will be confirmed by the Federal Electoral Tribunal. Rubén Aguilar, the Los Pinos spokesperson, made it clear that the Independence Day celebrations will be carried out just like they have in the past --in Mexico City’s Zocalo.
How bad will it get? Next week, the Minister of the Interior, Carlos Abascal, will meet with leaders of the different national parties to talk about preparations for President Fox’s last state of the union address to Congress on Sept 1 and the handover of power. Javier González Garza, the coordinator-elect of the PRD at the Chamber of Deputies said that his party has not defined the position the legislators will take during Pres. Fox’s state of the union address. (The PRD already promised that they will make sure that September 1st will be Fox worst day in his life…Now what does this mean…Will they attack Fox, heckle him the entire speech? Throw eggs?
Oaxaca is burning…Section 22 of the National Union of Teachers said they have not received any invitation from the Ministry of the Interior to join a negotiating table to resolve the crisis in Oaxaca. The Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (Asamblea Popular del Pueblo de Oaxaca) announced that in order to start the negotiations with the federal government, they demand the freedom of some of their leaders presently held in jail. Daniel Cabeza de Vaca, Mexico’s Attorney General, ruled out that there is an urban guerrilla in Oaxaca, as Lizbeth Caña, the justice Attorney General of Oaxaca has declared.
The teacher’s conflict has caused around 70 million dollars worth of losses and has threatened many companies with bankruptcy.
Justice and Law Enforcement news… Francisco Javier Arellano Félix, aka "El Tigrillo," or Little Tiger, could face the death penalty during the judicial process in a federal court in San Diego. Laura Duffy, the deputy attorney general assigned this case, said that her ¨superiors¨ are analyzing the possibility of asking the court for the death penalty. The Supreme Court determined that teenagers over the age of 16, and below the age of 18, cannot be accused of a crime as if they were adults. This was said when the Court declared the Article Number 37 of the Penal Code of Guanajuato as unconstitutional. (This decision is going to create a mayor headache for law enforcement officials