Mandate Revocation Postponed/Inflation ConcernsBy Sofía Hanna | Fri, 12/17/2021 - 12:23
Tabasco status. The morning conference was held in Villahermosa, Tabasco, with the head of the National Defense Ministry (Sedena), Luis Cresencio Sandoval, reporting on the state’s security situation. “The number of intentional homicides are on a downward trend,” Cresencio said, adding that most of the crimes took place in six municipalities: Balancan, Cardenas, Centla, Centro and Comalcalco.
The Minister of the Navy, Rafael Ojeda Durán, also attended the conference and said the Navy would finish dredging the Grijalva River in 2023. He stressed that investment in machinery made in Mexico would achieve savings for the government and independence in this area.
AMLO accuses INE. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador accused the National Electoral Institute (INE) of carrying out “delaying practices'' regarding the mandate revocation consultation. “INE should be promoting this democratic method, participatory democracy, it is a way of life, but those who are in the INE are very conservative,” López Obrador. His criticism came after the General Council of INE proposed temporarily postponing all activities for the organization of the mandate revocation process, given that, according to the group, a budget of MX$3.8 million (US$183,000) is required while Congress has only assigned MX$1.28 million (US$61,000). “Whether they have money or they don’t, if they are going to put our enough boxes or too few boxes, the bottom line here is that the historical precedent will be established whether they want it or not, that the people will exercise their right to the Revocation of Mandate,” said López Obrador.
López Obrador has said he would hold a referendum in April 2020 on his presidency, a process in Mexico called the Revocation of the Presidential Mandate. The goal of holding the referendum is said to be for the purpose of solidifying López Obrador’s popularity among his followers and has attracted criticism from his opponents.
Adán Augusto López. López Obrador praised the work of Minister of the Interior (SEGOB) Adán Augusto López, saying that it lightens the burden regarding federal government matters. “I want to take advantage of the fact that this work of seeking unity with the governors of Mexico has to do with the Secretary of the Interior Augusto López Hernández, who is helping me a lot. If not, I would come here to Villahermosa to accuse him, but I have come to tell my countrymen that he is helping me, he is lightening my load,” said López Obrador. The comment was in relation to a meeting on Thursday when López Obrador met with 31 of Mexico’s 32 governors to help achieve greater “national unity.”
Inflation control. López Obrador said that inflation could not be controlled by decree but he assured that the government would try to rein it in by applying mechanisms such as maintaining the price of fuel and electricity. “It is due to a global phenomenon. I hope it is transitory because it does affect not just wages, but purchasing power and when there is inflation, prices rise, goods cost more and more wages are required. We have to control inflation and it also cannot be done by decree, but there are mechanisms that can be applied.
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