Medicines without permits. During the “Who’s Who” section of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s daily news conference, section manager Ana Elizabeth García Vilchis said that a drug has been circulated throughout the country without having the necessary sanitary permits. “We share information to avoid the use of medicines that lack permits. The drug called pantoprazole is not licensed; it is recommended to discontinue its use. This drug was made by a ghost laboratory. People should be careful and stop using pantoprazole.”
Revocation of mandate. The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) ordered the National Electoral Institute (INE) to adjust its budget to carry out the consultation to revoke the mandate of President López Obrador. Responding to the action, López Obrador said that it will now be possible to lay the foundations for participatory democracy to become a reality in Mexico. “INE went to the Court stating that it did not have a budget to carry out the consultation and the Court decided that it has to carry out the consultation with the budget that INE has, that this cannot be a reason, an excuse, a pretext not to carry out what is a constitutional mandate. It is very good news.”
Jaime Bonilla. López Obrador confirmed that he has not ruled out the possibility of former Gov. Jaime Bonilla joining the government, but that he would not make any changes for now. “We are going to wait to make decisions. Jaime Bonilla has helped the democratic movement in Baja California a lot and he is a licensed senator. He has that option and he can help us in the federal government, but he is taking his time and we are going to look forward,” López Obrador said.
In recent weeks, López Obrador has said that he would appoint former governors and political leaders of different parties to positions in the federal administration, although he has not provided a list of names or potential posts.
Migrants in Chiapas. López Obrador announced that the owners of a truck that overturned in Chiapas a few days ago, killing scores of migrants, many from Guatemala, are being investigated. López Obrador said that an investigation is being carried out to prevent a similar tragedy. “We are taking care of the migrants so that they do not suffer these accidents; trucks, trailers are being stopped.” López Obrador also said that he had spoken with the president of Guatemala. “I spoke with him to express our regret, our sadness, and I asked him to convey our condolences to the families of the victims. I spoke with him by phone the day after the accident. The relationship of the foreign ministries has continued to be of friendship and coordination and support, and we are united.”
Pressuring PRI. López Obrador said he wants the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to rectify its position on the Electric Reform, saying that if the party votes against the initiative in Congress, its principles would be betrayed. “It would be very good to rectify because these are defining moments and, hopefully, they will support the Electricity Reform. To vote against it is to vote against the thought and action carried out at the time by Adolfo López Mateos, who was a member of PRI, which nationalized the electricity industry,” López Obrador said.
New president of INEGI. The president announced that former Minister of Economy Graciela Márquez will be the new president of Inegi. The announcement had not been made public and was mentioned for the first time today. Márquez served as head of Mexico’s Ministry of Economy from December 2018 to 2020.
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