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New Regularization of Cars/Health Personnel Will Not Be Fired

By Paloma Duran | Wed, 12/08/2021 - 11:36

Crime rate in Nayarit is rising. Minister of National Defense Luis Cresencio Sandoval reported that kidnappings and intentional homicides have followed an upward trend in Nayarit. In addition, Cresencio reported there were 14 intentional homicides in October, bringing the state figure to 171 in 2021. “Taking into account the number of homicides up to October, Nayarit ranks 26th below the national average and for every 100,000 inhabitants it ranks 21st, which is also below the national average. Crime incidence in Nayarit is lower than in other states. However, it has been growing, so we will strengthen the state.”

Recently, Sandoval announced the new Operation Nayarit II, in which the Army and the National Guard will reinforce the state’s security. The Ministry plans to add 1,700 soldiers, who will work with the 5,000 members of the police and the Army who are already established in Nayarit. The program began on Dec. 7 and its first evaluation will be on Jan. 7, 2022. Currently, Nayarit is ranked 30th nationally for high-impact crimes. In 2019, there were 70 murders linked to organized crime. To date in 2021, 67 intentional homicides have been reported.

AMLO: The Fourth Transformation created regime change. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador emphasized that the Fourth Transformation generated a regime change, since previous governments promised changes but did not achieve them. “It is not a change of government, but of regime. For this, the Fourth Transformation was made. Many thought it was going to be more of the same, but no. We have been different."

During a ceremony to celebrate three years of the López Obrador government, the president said that the foundations of a fair democracy have been established and are now irreversible. López Obrador said that this change was achieved by the Fourth Transformation and its democratic values. However, other parties and analysts have said that the new policies have affected the country and that the Fourth Transformation is creating uncertainty, increasing poverty, insecurity and unemployment. According to CONEVAL, from 2018 to 2020, 3.8 million people fell into poverty. The increase in poverty has been related to the pandemic and its impact on the Mexican economy; however, the policies implemented by the government have also been blamed.

New plan to regularize ‘chocolate cars’ will cover states like Nayarit. López Obrador assured that the new plan to regularize cars that were brought into the country without legal documentation, referred to by Mexicans as “chocolate cars,” will be extended to states like Nayarit. In addition, López Obrador said that he will work with local and state authorities to create a registry and have control of these cars. “An agreement has already been issued to regularize cars that do not have documentation. We understand that many of our compatriots have brought them to their relatives, because not all of them have money to buy a new one. So, we are going to regularize them. The program was originally designed only for the border area, but we decided to expand it. "

López Obrador said that the new plan seeks to have some control of these cars to ensure that they are being used correctly and not for illegal actions. López Obrador announced that owners have until Dec. 31 to bring the vehicles to Mexico to be considered for legalization. In addition, he asked car dealers in Mexico to be understanding since all Mexicans have the need to move through their cities; however not all Mexicans have the money to buy a car.

AMLO: Health personnel will not be fired. López Obrador assured that the health personnel who were hired due to the COVID-19 pandemic will not be fired and in fact, along with other personnel who do not have long-term contracts, will be regularized. "Those who were hired during the pandemic will continue to work. We are working to regularize them and those who have worked under eventual contracts because it is not fair. We will start with those who have been working the longest."

Previously, the government has emphasized that it seeks to give long-term contracts to medical personnel who were hired due to the pandemic, since the demand for medical services in the country has been increasing. However, health personnel from several states have stated that they have been unjustifiably fired and have not been paid their corresponding salaries. López Obrador said the matter would be addressed. However, protests continue across the country.

 

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Gobierno de México, Milenio
Photo by:   Gobierno de México
Paloma Duran Paloma Duran Journalist and Industry Analyst