April 8 Latest developments as Mexico's ruling
conservatives court PRI and PRD opposition lawmakers to agree
on an energy reform proposal aimed at revitalizing the
country's flagging oil industry.
Compiled from Reuters stories, Mexican newspaper reports,
television and radio.
** With Congress only open for three more weeks, the ruling
National Action Party, or PAN, is expected to present a reform
bill on Wednesday or Thursday, after weeks of talks in the
Senate energy committee failed to reach a multiparty
** PAN Sen. Gustavo Madero and party leader German Martinez
say the proposal will not include a controversial clause to
allow risk-sharing contracts in oil. The idea was central to a
government plan to shore up flagging oil output and reserves
but hit opposition from left-wing and centrist lawmakers.
** In a flurry of activity in government corridors,
Interior Minister Juan Camilo Mourino met ruling party
legislators, but Energy Minister Georgina Kessel canceled a
meeting with lower house speaker Ruth Zavaleta, of the
left-wing Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD.
** Sen. Francisco Labastida, of the centrist Institutional
Revolutionary Party, or PRI, tells reporters at the Senate he
sees it "very difficult" for an energy reform proposal to be
passed before Congress winds up on April 30.
** With it looking less likely a reform will lead to
private partnerships in deep-sea oil, state oil monopoly
Pemex's exploration and production chief Carlos Morales says
Mexico will need to diversify and look at shallow as well as
** The PRD halts vote-counting and declares no result to
its March 16 leadership election, leaving a dispute simmering
between a candidate keen to debate energy reform in Congress
and a more radical rival seen backing street protests.
** Kessel says an energy reform could improve productivity
among Pemex's workforce, and PAN senators say allowing private
investment in refining could allow Mexico to reduce fuel
imports and eventually become a net exporter of gasoline.
(Reporting by Catherine Bremer and Miguel Angel Gutierrez)