AMLO Presents Electrical Reform/Morelos’ Security ImprovesBy Paloma Duran | Fri, 10/01/2021 - 11:03
Initiative to reform the electricity industry law presented to Congress. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that he has presented to Congress his initiative to reform the Electricity Industry Law, which seeks to control energy costs to the benefit of users. "The initiative that was sent yesterday to strengthen the CFE is to guarantee fair prices for all Mexicans, so that there are no increases above inflation." In addition, he announced that the issue of lithium was included in the reform to make its use and exploitation exclusive to the state.
The electricity reform aims to strengthen the state-owned CFE and modify three articles of the Constitution to prevent prices from rising. Likewise, the reform seeks to deliver 54 percent of the country's energy market to CFE, while 46 percent would go to private industry, to ensure that prices are maintained while still allowing competition.
In February, MORENA, the president's party, announced its intentions to present an initiative to the Senate that would nationalize the country's lithium production. However, it later announced that it was no longer seeking nationalization, as the government had understood that the private sector should play a key role in the development of the industry. Last week, López Obrador said that the nationalization of the resource was still being discussed and that the government was not seeking expropriation.
Morelos' security is improving. Minister of the Navy Rafael Ojeda highlighted that in the last four months, the number of intentional homicides and kidnappings in Morelos had declined. In addition, he stressed that the state reported no cases of femicides for the second consecutive month. “Intentional homicide had a high trend but in the last four months, it has shown a downward trend. Meanwhile, car thefts have been declining for nine months. As for rape, it is a crime of high and low tendency. However, in the last four months the incidence has decreased.”
Between January and August, Mexico registered 23,290 intentional homicides, or an average of 96 murders per day. May was the month with the most murders reported, with a total of 3,906 according to figures from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP). In terms of homicides, Morelos ranks 13th nationally and sixth in murders per 100,000 residents. In femicides, 508 femicides were registered in 1H21, with May and March the months with the highest incidence at 99 for each. Morelos has a femicide incidence rate of 1.88 per 100,000 inhabitants, making it the state with the highest number of femicides, followed by Sonora, Quintana Roo, Colima and Jalisco.
AMLO: We must avoid falling into provocations with the Spanish government. López Obrador called on Mexicans to be tolerant and to avoid falling into provocations after the former president of Spain, José María Aznar, mocked the Mexican government's request for Spain to apologize for its conquest of the country. “We must understand that we must forgive; however, we must not forget. Offering forgiveness is an act that dignifies both the one who offers it and the one who receives it. Aznar’s answer does not affect us at all. I will not argue with him.”
In 2019, López Obrador sent a letter to King Felipe VI of Spain and Pope Francis asking them to apologize for the human rights abuses committed during the conquest of Mexico in 1519. The Spanish authorities rejected the request and instead proposed a constructive perspective, saying the past could not be judged from the current perspective because values had changed. Yesterday, Aznar said that without the Spanish conquest, Mexico would not have many things and López Obrador would not be in the presidency. “I defend the Spanish nation and its importance in other regions; with their successes and their mistakes. I am willing to be proud, and I am not going to ask for forgiveness.”
AMLO requests the extradition of Tomas Zerón. López Obrador has sent a letter to Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennet to request the extradition of Tomas Zerón, former Head of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC), who is accused in the disappearance of 43 students of Ayotzinapa in 2014. “The disappearance of the 43 students was a brutal and ruthless action in which members of the narcos and authorities colluded. It was an abusive and excessive criminal act. I am writing to the state of Israel to request its valuable attention in this extradition process, which is a priority for our country."
In April, a judge issued a new arrest warrant against Zerón for allegedly torturing Felipe Rodríguez Salgado, an alleged leader of Guerreros Unidos who is linked to the disappearance of the students. Recently, Israeli Ambassador to Mexico Zvi Tal rejected accusations that the Israeli government was obstructing the extradition of Zerón and stressed that both governments have worked to comply with the necessary evidence and requirements needed for Israel to comply with the extradition request.
In September 2014, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural School of Teachers were kidnapped in Iguala, Guerrero. They were reportedly detained by police officers for working with organized crime and the details of their disappearance and whereabouts are unknown.
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