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Calls to Cancel API Contract / Queretaro Governor is Fearless

By Ricardo Guzman | Wed, 08/19/2020 - 12:07

Calls for end to contract at API Veracruz. President López Obrador lamented the “quasi-public” nature of the company that has the concession for the port of Veracruz, and pointed out that a similar situation happened when railways were privatized during former President Ernesto Zedillo’s administration. “The public function was given to private interests, to the private sector. Well, it's the same with API (Integral Port Administration),” he said. The president highlighted better results at other ports, such as Manzanillo or Lazaro Cardenas, and said that his administration will seek to revoke the API Veracruz contract, which was signed for 100 years.

Queretaro governor responds to Lozoya, video. Queretaro Gov. Francisco Domínguez said former PEMEX head Emilio Lozoya is slandering him, after the release of a video in which one of his aids received alleged bribe money. “In a perverse way, a video was leaked showing a person of my trust. I removed him from his position. For my part, I have nothing to fear and nothing to hide. Mr. Lozoya's claims are outrageous, he is a felon,” he said. Domínguez stressed that he supported the Energy Reform when he was representative and senator, since this was his conviction, and noted that he contributed only in the legal framework, but not in its implementation.

Queretaro stands out for security. The municipality of San Juan del Rio had 248 clandestine fuel taps of the 418 detected in Queretaro, Minister of National Defense (Sedena) Luis Cresencio Sandoval said. But Sandoval highlighted that the state ranks 25th (of 32) nationally in homicides, “very far from the national average,” he said. During his daily briefing in Queretaro, President López Obrador highlighted the good results on security and thanked Gov. Francisco Domínguez for his coordinated work with the federal government.

Asks legislators to push initiative. President López Obrador reiterated that his initiative to allow the president of the republic to be tried for any crime like any citizen is still pending in Congress. “I presented this initiative more than a year ago and they have changed it since there is no agreement,” he noted. The president said he will push to have this be the first initiative to be approved by legislators so that in September, presidential immunity will end.

 

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