Access to the AIFA/March Against the Electoral Reform
New access to AIFA. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that contrary to what the media has said, the new road access to the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) was only closed momentarily and reports it is operating normally.
The new highway connecting Ecatepec, State of Mexico, with AIFA was inaugurated last week, nevertheless, it was closed for safety reasons, reported the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transport (SICT). "Some structures and machinery are being removed, due to safety reasons they decided to open it later," said the SICT.
Genaro García. President López Obrador assured that the trial against Genaro García Luna, Mexico's former Secretary of Public Security, will help the country to continue cleaning up its corruption. "It is not a trial against Mexico, but against bad government officials. It helps us to eliminate bad people."
García is being processed in Florida for five crimes, four of them related to drug trafficking. The alleged crimes entail participation in corporate crime, conspiracy for global distribution of cocaine, conspiracy for the distribution and possession of cocaine and conspiracy for cocaine import. The fifth alleged crime is for giving false testimony to US authorities. He is the highest-ranking Mexican former official to face justice in the US for charges linked to drug trafficking and corruption. His trial started three years ago after he was arrested in Texas.
Electoral reform. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador criticized those who will participate in the march in defense of the National Electoral Institute (INE). He said that the real objective of the march is to support the corrupt regime of past governments. "Do you really think they are going to protest for the electoral law? No, they are coming to say that INE should not be touched, that the corrupt and conservative regime should not be touched."
Mexicans have been called to protest against the President's Plan B on February 26. The first protest was on Nov. 13, 2022 where thousands of people gathered in cities across the country and Mexican embassies around the world to defend Mexico’s democratic institution.
The electoral reform proposes to change 18 articles and insert seven transitional ones. The reform failed to reach a qualified majority with 269 votes in favor, 225 against and one abstention. Political opponents say the reform was rejected for being regressive since it proposed to eliminate the most important democratic institution in the country. However, the president has accused these political parties of rejecting it because they want to maintain a high budget for their political parties.
Since the reform was rejected, the president announced his Plan B, which proposes an amendment to the electoral law that does not require the approval of two-thirds of Congress. López Obrador has already enacted the first part of the reform. The second part has been stalled due to a misunderstanding between the Legislative and Executive branches over the provision allowing the transfer of votes between coalition parties.