Summary of the most important news in Mexico

++ Authorities presented suspected drug kingpin Sergio Enrique Villarreal Barragán, "El Grande,” who was arrested in Puebla on Sunday by Navy troops. “El Grande” was the main operative for Héctor Beltrán Leyva, "El H," who currently heads the Beltrán Leyva cartel. The U.S. government congratulated Mexico on the arrest of Sergio Enrique Villarreal, calling it a major step toward dismantling the drug cartels.

++ Fourth Military Region Commander Guillermo Moreno Serrano said military justice would show no preferences with regard to the four military members arrested in the case of the a father and son being shot by troops at a military checkpoint after they apparently failed to heed orders to stop.

++ President Felipe Calderón called on political, social and economic leaders to join together… In a speech at the event to mark the 163rd anniversary of the Heroic Act by the Child Heroes, Calderón said that defending Mexico against an invasion from the United States was comparable to the threats Mexico faces today.

++ Finance Secretary Ernesto Cordero was set to appear before Congress to justify the 2011 economic package.

++ PRI Senate caucus spokesman Carlos Jiménez Macías said he would watch over every peso spent by the federal government next year because, he said, the government has funds it has failed to spend.

++ The chairman of the Mexican Stock Exchange, Luis Téllez, said dropping taxes in Mexico would be a negative signal for the markets because it would mean turning back an agreement reached with great effort.

++ With 24 votes by the PRI, Green Ecologist Party, New Alliance, Convergencia and the Social Democratic party, the State of Mexico Congress gave the initial go-ahead to a move to ban alliances for governor elections next year.

++ The Public Education Secretariat suspended classes on September 17… The holiday was added on to the 15th and 16th that are considered official holidays in the 2010-2011 school year, making for a five-day long weekend.

++ The Federal District Public Security secretariat said that if more than one million people head to the Bicentennial events being planned in the Zócalo and on Reforma, creating risky situations and danger of suffocation or crushing, police would block off people from entering those areas.

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