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Eight will Assess 109 trusts / Ebrard meets Pompeo Envoy

By Ricardo Guzman | Wed, 10/07/2020 - 11:09

Eight officials will be responsible for reviewing trusts. President López Obrador said that eight officials will be responsible of assessing and making a comprehensive diagnosis of each of the 109 trusts that have been terminated after the controversial decision was approved yesterday, sparking clashes in the House of Representatives. López Obrador said the eight officials will be responsible for assessing every beneficiary and the process of each trust, and highlighted that the ultimate goal is to make everything more agile and transparent and to detect corruption he said is widespread in most trusts. Conacyt head María Elena Álvarez-Buylla, Radio TV and Cinematography (RTC) head Rodolfo Gonzalez, Minister of Well-Being Javier May and economic cabinet official Carlos Torres will be included in the team that will meet later today with the president.

Ebrard, US representatives meet. A representative of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met yesterday with Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard in Mexico to discuss the bilateral water agreement, President López Obrador said. “A representative of Mr. Pompeo came yesterday to discuss the issue with Ebrard because we don’t want this to be used against Mexico,” he said. The president lamented that the deadline to open dams in Chihuahua to provide the agreed water is approaching as is the US presidential election, which is only 10 days away. “We are looking into how to comply with the agreement. We are assessing other alternatives,” he said. 

Delta disrupts 70 percent of Cozumel’s energy. Over 39,290 people have been evacuated as Hurricane Delta started hitting the Yucatan peninsula last night, Civil Protection Coordinator Head Luis Alberto Ortega said. The official said that by 1 a.m. today, the Category 4 hurricane had been downgraded to 3, after it hit the coast. The north of Cozumel took the greatest impact from the hurricane, with almost 70 percent of electricity disrupted. President López Obrador said Minister of the Navy (Semar) Rafael Ojeda Durán and Civil Protection head Laura Velázquez are handling the contingency, along with the National Water Commission (Conagua) and CFE officials. Over 10,600 military and civil officials are deployed in Quintana Roo and Yucatan. No casualties have been reported.  

AMLO chastises IMF. After the International Monetary Fund (IMF) suggested yesterday that Mexico should suspend the Dos Bocas refinery project, President López Obrador said the body should apologize and accept that Mexico has changed. “Before, the IMF dictated economic policy, they looked at Mexico’s economic affairs and they always recommended privatizations, increasing the price of gasoline and electricity,” he said, adding that “everyone knows they were also pushing to privatize education and pensions.” The president stated that he wouldn’t give the agency any advice. “We are not going to give them any recommendation because it would be difficult for them to listen to us. We only ask that they respect us and accept that we are now a free and sovereign country,” he said. López Obrador said the IMF should instead focus on providing loans at zero interest rates and stop rescuing big corporations and start rescuing people. “It would be better if they stop supporting corrupt governments. We do respect them,” he said.

Missing person reports hit record in 2019. Deputy Minister of Interior (Segob) Alejandro Encinas announced that from 2006 to September 2020, over 4,092 clandestine graves had been found and 6,900 bodies exhumed. Encinas said 2019 broke records for reports of missing persons. “We have to recognize that the year with the most reports of disappearances was 2019 with 8,345 cases but there has been a decrease this year,” he said. Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Sinaloa and Zacatecas concentrate 49.5 percent of the clandestine graves.



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