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Cartel Was Inherited / Lozoya is Already Naming Names

By Ricardo Guzman | Mon, 07/20/2020 - 12:17

Cartel was inherited. President López Obrador said his government inherited the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel, a problem created during past administrations. “They are criminal groups formed after people were neglected and when corruption and impunity prevailed. That is what we inherited,” he said after being questioned about a video that went viral during the weekend, showing masked cartel members wearing guerilla gear and posing with armored vehicles and high-caliber rifles. The president said he would fight criminals with intelligence. “With intelligence rather than force. We are not going to declare war. I have said this many times,” he said. The video was recorded in the region of Jalisco and Michoacan, Minister of Defense (Sedena) Luis Cresencio Sandoval said.

Lozoya already giving names. Former PEMEX head Emilio Lozoya has already made his first statement to the prosecutor’s office, President López Obrador said. “He has started naming people, politicians and discussing money management,” he said. Lozoya is involved in the investigation into “scrap” fertilizing plants purchased at above-market prices. The president said Lozoya’s revelations “will be transcendent and very strong.” Special security is being provided to protect the former official who remains hospitalized after arriving in Mexico last Friday.

No reports on Jiménez Espriú resignation. President López Obrador said “he was not sure” about the supposed resignation of Javier Jiménez Espriú as Minister of Communications and Transportation (SCT). According to reports, Jiménez Espriú quit after the president decided to give control of customs and ports to the armed forces. “I am going to have a meeting today or tomorrow with Espriú, whom I respect a lot,” he said.

Fuel theft reduced to 3.5 percent. President López Obrador said the daily average of fuel theft fell to 3.5 percent. “We have already lowered it and the goal is to bring it to 2 percent. This reduction is increasingly complex,” he said. 

Does not share Turmp’s opinion. President López Obrador said that he respects, but does not share the opinion of his US counterpart, Donald Trump, who stated that more attention should be paid to Mexico and Brazil than to his country, with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I respect President Trump's point of view. I certainly do not share it and I will not confront him,” he said. The president added that his administration is acting responsibly to save lives.



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