miércoles, 4 de julio de 2012

Mexico creates literary prize

Mexico is to give out a 250,000-USD prize every 11 November to a writer in Spanish, in memory of the country's late novelist Carlos Fuentes, the daily ABC reported on 4 July, citing EFE. The Carlos Fuentes Prize for Literary Creation in Spanish (Premio Internacional Carlos Fuentes a la Creación Literaria en Idioma Español) was to honour Fuentes who died on 15 May, but also part of a project to make Mexico an "intellectual platform for Spanish," the head of state arts council Conaculta (Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes) Consuelo Sáizar told the press in Mexico City on 3 July. The prize was envisaged for writers whose works have enriched "the literary heritage of humanity in Spanish," Conaculta's cultural and arts secretary Roberto Vázquez said. It would be determined by a jury of seven including four writers or academics and three members of the language academies of Spain, Mexico and a Latin American state. their decision would be made known on 16 October.

Leftist wants vote recount in Mexico

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico's left-wing presidential candidate on 1 July, urged on 3 July in Mexico City a recount of all votes cast and not just a third as proposed by authorities, following alleged irregularities, Europa Press reported. He said he had proof that the winning Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) had paid "billions" of Mexican pesos to buy votes, and said a total recount was necessary "for the good of democracy." A vote-by-vote recount was not "asking a favour" he told the press, but a request "that the law be implemented." The Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) that oversees elections, stated on 3 July that a third of votes may be counted again, as envisaged in the law.