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Mexico ruling party works out leadership dispute on 3rd try

Oct. 23, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Morena party of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador finally chose a leader Friday after two failed, acrimonious attempts. A poll of party members gave a comfortable margin of victory to congressional leader Mario Delgado, a centrist seen as more obedient to the...

In this court artist sketch, former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda's appears in federal court, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in Los Angeles. Cienfuegos, who led the country’s army for six years under ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges at Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. and Mexican sources said Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Bill Robles via AP).

Authorities: Top Mexico official helped smuggle drugs to US

Oct. 16, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mexico’s former defense secretary helped a cartel smuggle thousands of kilograms of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States in exchange for bribes, according to court documents unsealed Friday. Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, 72, acted on behalf of...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, Mexico's Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda gestures as U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens during a reception ceremony in Mexico City. Mexico's top diplomat says the country's former defense secretary, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, has been arrested in Los Angeles. Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard wrote Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 in his Twitter account that U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau had informed him of Cienfuegos' arrest. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Arrest of former Mexican defense minister shakes military

Oct. 16, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The arrest of Mexico’s former defense minister in the United States on charges that he protected a drug cartel in exchange for bribes is a blow to Mexico’s military, one of the few institutions that had maintained the confidence of the people. Until Thursday’s arrest...

FILE - In this April 16, 2016 file photo, Mexico's Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda salutes soldiers at the Number 1 military camp in Mexico City. Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard wrote in his Twitter account Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, that U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau had informed him that Gen. Cienfuegos has been arrested in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Ex-Mexico army chief arrested in LA on drugs, money charges

Oct. 16, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who led the country’s army for six years under ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges at Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. and Mexican sources said...

Supporters of Porfirio Munoz Ledo hold up posters of him outside Morena party headquarters, amid elections to select the party's leader in Mexico City, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The ruling party is making its third try at electing a party leader. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Party chaos threatens Mexican president's administration

Oct. 13, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Andrés Manuel López Obrador created his own party to win Mexico's presidency. Now its internal weakness and divisions threaten to undermine his administration. López Obrador's National Regeneration Movement — known to all in Mexico as Morena — has been trying...