Intercity Train. The Mexico-Toluca Interurban Train will begin operations in December 2023, according to the federal government. The project is 84km long and will have 30 electric trains that will start testing in 2Q23. Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City Mayor, explained that the train will connect with lines 1 and 12 of the Metro. Meanwhile,Governor of the State of Mexico, Alfredo del Mazo, indicated that the trip from Zinacantepec to Mexico City would take approximately 39 minutes, transporting more than 200 thousand passengers per day.
State of the Economy. For December 2022, IMSS recorded 21,462,967 jobs and an average salary of MX$14,768 (US$757.86) per month. The dollar will close at MX$19.43, turning the Mexican peso into the second most appreciated currency after the US dollar. In this sense, the Mexican peso has strengthened by 4.6 percent throughout the six-year term, said president Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He additionally pointed out that in recent months, Mexico displaced Canada to position itself as the US’ main trade partner. Finally, it was noted that inflation will set at 7.8 percent at the end of the year.
Conflict at Notimex. The Mexican government assured that despite the strike preventing the Mexican State News Agency (Notimex) from operating, it is not seeking to close it down. The General Coordinator of Social Communication of the Presidency, Jesús Ramírez Cuevas, stated that although Notimex is not currently acting as a news agency, the right of workers to receive their salaries has been maintained, which is why the budget continues to be assigned to it every year. López Obrador added that his government is willing to resolve the conflict peacefully through dialogue. He affirmed that since the beginning of his six-year term, there has been freedom of expression and press.
Ciro Gómez Leyva. Journalist Ciro Gómez Leyva reported on Dec. 15 that at 200m from his home, two people on a motorcycle shot at him "apparently with the clear intention of killing me." López Obrador asked Sheinbaum not to stop investigating the attack on Ciro Gómez Leyva, as he says it is an important matter and wants to continue reporting on the case. An update on the case was given by Claudia Sheinbaum, announcing that the two men who were riding the motorcycle from which one of them shot at the journalist have been identified as participants.
2023. The President wished the Mexican citizens health and happiness for the coming year. "I wish you all the best. I wish you and all, women, men, friends, and adversaries two things: health and happiness and many other things, but with health. With that, we have happiness; may we be delighted and have an excellent year," he concluded.
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