Patria Vaccine to Be Shared/ Electoral Violence IntensifiesBy Paloma Duran | Fri, 05/21/2021 - 11:09
Patria vaccine will be shared with countries that need it most. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador participated in the World Health Summit that was attended by G20 member countries, where he announced that 30 percent of the production of the Mexican COVID-19 vaccine, Patria, will be delivered to the countries that need it most. López Obrador stressed that Mexico will produce its vaccine based on international solidarity and announced that it will be distributed once it has been approved. López Obrador also highlighted the importance of strengthening the distribution of vaccines through the UN since there is a "hoarding of vaccines by a small group of countries."
Crimes under federal jurisdiction have been reduced. Minister of Security and Citizen Protection Rosa Icela Rodríguez announced that crimes under federal jurisdiction fell 2.6 percent during 1Q21 compared to 1Q20 records. A reduction in the number of murders and femicides stands out, with a drop of 4 and 0.3 percent, respectively. Icela stressed that the reduction was achieved through the joint efforts of the Army, Navy, National Guard and the government that have coordinated to carry out the investigations. Icela assured that the government will continue to improve the situation by attacking the root of the problem and creating new jobs, educational and health opportunities, especially for those who need it most. "This is our national security strategy, and we are witnessing that it is already working."
Electoral violence. Icela announced that the government has provided protection to 148 candidates from all over the country, who have been threatened due to the upcoming elections. Icela highlighted that there are 398 open cases, of which 187 are for threats, 101 for assaults, 13 murders and 11 kidnappings. The states with the highest number of attacks on candidates are Oaxaca, San Luis Potosi, Jalisco, the State of Mexico, Veracruz, Tamaulipas and Guerrero, which together represent around 54 percent of the complaints. "All of them (candidates) are being taken care of. Investigations are being opened and risk analyses are being carried out to provide the necessary protection."
Roemer will be held responsible for his crimes. López Obrador said he has no information about the case of the Mexican writer and diplomat Andrés Roemer, who is accused of sexual abuse. However, he said that, "if there is any information on the case, the Attorney General's Office (FGR) has it and I will make sure to request a full report on the case." Roemer is accused of sexually abusing 61 women and recently traveled to Israel in an effort to avoid justice in Mexico. However, the Mexico City Attorney General's Office (FGJ-CDMX) has announced that it has asked Interpol to issue a red card to request his extradition from Israel to hold him responsible for his crimes.
Mandate of the governor of Banxico will not be extended. López Obrador announced that the mandate of Alejandro Díaz de León, governor of Banxico, will not be extended once it ends on Dec. 31. López Obrador stressed that he will propose an economist with a social perspective to take the position. "He will be an economist of great prestige, a professional who will meet the requirements of having experience in economic and financial matters."
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