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Lozoya Case Involves 2 Govts / AMLO Told No Need for Mask

By Ricardo Guzman | Fri, 07/24/2020 - 12:10

All involved in the Lozoya case must appear in court. President López Obrador said that all those involved in the process and investigation into former PEMEX head Emilio Lozoya should be called to appear in court. “At least two administrations are involved because it is not only the Energy Reform, but also the Odebrecht affair and that comes from Felipe Calderón’s administration,” he said. The president said the Agronitrogenados plant that PEMEX acquired at above market price from Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA) under Lozoya’s management was included in the Pact for Mexico, which was agreed early in former President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration to settle the basis for the Energy Reform.

Officials told AMLO no need to use mask. When questioned about the use of masks to fight COVID-19, President López Obrador said both Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer and Deputy Minister Hugo López-Gatell told him he didn’t need to use one as long as he maintained social distancing. “Both Dr. Alcocer and Dr. Lopez-Gatell told me that I do not need to use a mask if I maintain a social distance,” he said. During his daily briefing held in Oaxaca, the president explained that he abides by protocols where masks are mandatory, such as flights, and that during working meetings everyone involved must maintain social distancing.

Oaxaca is epicenter of 54 percent of earthquakes. Oaxaca concentrates 54 percent of all earthquakes registered in Mexico, National Civil Protection head David León said. “Last year, 26,418 earthquakes were registered in the national territory. The epicenter for 54 percent of these was in Oaxaca,” he said. Regarding tropical storms, León noted the storm Hanna could make landfall tomorrow in the US, so heavy wind and rain could affect Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.

Slim agreed to complete project. President López Obrador said that he signed a commitment with Carlos Slim to finish the highway from Oaxaca city to the Isthmus. “It is a commitment to the people of Oaxaca and we are going to finish the two superhighways. What I have personally discussed with Carlos Slim is that the highway must be completed, he even signed a commitment,” the president noted.

Pandemic losing strength. President López Obrador reiterated that in Mexico the COVID-19 pandemic is “gradually” losing strength, and without any authoritarian measures. “It has been very painful, but there are signs that it is decreasing. Elsewhere, we’ve seen authoritarian politicians, compulsory confinement and even curfews. We haven’t done that, everything here has been voluntary,” he said.



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