No Intervention During Elections/ Mexico’s Democracy at Risk?By Paloma Duran | Thu, 05/20/2021 - 10:54
New technical sports careers. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the creation of new sports technical careers and the construction of new schools for boxing, baseball, athletics and physical therapy. “The goal is for young people to finish high school and have the option of pursuing a career as specialized sports coaches. Also, that they practice the sport that they like the most. In three years, they could be great athletes.” López Obrador added that the construction of these schools has already begun and are expected to be located in a variety of regions.
Mexico will not allow intervention during elections. López Obrador said that the government is open to the possibility of having observers during the June 6 elections. However, he stressed that he will not allow any intervention that may affect Mexico’s sovereignty and democracy. “The UN and OAS know that we are not going to allow any intervention because Mexico is not a colony or a protectorate. It is an independent, free and sovereign country that does not have to be afraid of elections.” López Obrador assured that the government will be reviewing all the complaints that are shared through social networks to avoid electoral fraud and vote rigging.
AMLO: INE and the Electoral Tribunal must act as true democratic institutions. López Obrador asked INE and the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judicial Power (TEPJF) to act as democratic institutions and fight corruption in the upcoming elections. López Obrador explained that INE is preventing democracy by not guaranteeing free elections, while the Electoral Tribunal maintains a corrupted system. “The US Embassy has given US$2.5 million to opposition groups such as Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity. Receiving money from foreign institutions or persons is against our Constitution and as a result, there is a commitment to review this situation with the US.” López Obrador added that INE and the Electoral Tribunal must act correctly since it is their duty to avoid situations in which corruption endangers the country’s democracy.
US document on the governor of Tamaulipas will be released to the public. López Obrador announced that the government will make public the document from the US Embassy that requested information on the governor of Tamaulipas, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, who is accused of money laundering. “The case is a matter that is being dealt with by the Prosecutor's Office, which is independent and autonomous. I am not an expert in this matter and it is not my revenge. However, it must be investigated because I cannot cover up for anyone."
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