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AMLO Waiting to Call Biden / Remittances Hit Record

By Ricardo Guzman | Mon, 11/09/2020 - 11:22

Mexico Not Making Election Call. President López Obrador said that he still hasn’t recognized the electoral victory of Joe Biden in the US because Mexico might be seen as making a judgement on the election and because the Mexican Constitution indicates that he should not meddle in other countries’ affairs. “The position of the government that I represent is to wait for the United States authorities to decide on the winner. We cannot act recklessly. Our Constitution establishes that we must be respectful and not intervene,” he noted when asked why he hadn’t called to congratulate Biden on his victory, while several world leaders already had done so. López Obrador noted that he has no preferred candidate in the US since President Donald Trump is known “to have a respectful relationship with Mexico,” or a preferred party, since he met with the Democrat Joe Biden “some eight or 10 years ago.”

Applauds record remittances. President López Obrador said that he estimates that 2020 will be a record year for remittances, with an increase of 10 percent compared to 2019, despite the COVID-19 crisis. “We are very grateful (to migrants) that now when it is most needed, they are sending their remittances to their families. And this year, there will be a record: my forecast is US$40 billion, which will mean an increase of a little more than 10 percent from what was received last year,” he said. According to Banxico, remittances increased again in September by a 15 percent annual rate.

Ask to review ONG funds. President López Obrador asked the nongovernmental organization Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI) to clarify the origin of its funds, and said that a review will be made of the organization. “We have to check if it is legal. We are going to do a review and we are going to clarify (the source of their) contributions,” he said. López Obrador regretted that conservative media is not reporting on MCCI, and said that, as a result, he has to make the report to the Mexican people at his daily briefing. López Obrador projected photos, PDFs with media features and named a group of businessmen, headed by Claudio X. González, who he said are creating a front with the PRI and PAN to remove him from power. “All against Andrés Manuel,” he lamented.

No more rain in immediate forecast. President López Obrador said that no more rain is forecast for the immediate future in Chiapas, Tabasco and Veracruz, after a historic rainfall in the region. “It had never rained so much. I speak of 50 years to date in the case of Tabasco,” he said. The president highlighted his visit to affected areas during the weekend, where he warned the people that the Peñitas dam had to discharge water because there was a risk that the dam might burst.  There are 13 municipalities in Tabasco that have been severely impacted by floods, Civil Protection head Laura Velázquez reported. “Five casualties, 148,000 people affected, 35,982 houses flooded,” she said.

‘Who’s Who’ for fuel prices. President López Obrador presented a “who's who” report for fuel prices and said that the highest cost for regular gasoline during last week was reported at a Mobil station located in the upscale municipality of San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo Leon. Joined by Federal Consumer Prosecutor’s Office (PROFECO) head Ricardo Sheffield, the president also noted that gasoline prices “are on a downward trend” nationwide.

Laments Senate indifference. President López Obrador lamented that some senators have yet to approve a move to allow former presidents to be tried, and in turn, his reform to Article 108 of the Constitution. “An initiative that I presented last year is in the Senate so that the president of Mexico can be tried like any other citizen. It is incredible that the opposition does not want to approve it,” he said.

 

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Ricardo Guzman Ricardo Guzman Editor