Questioning Government Irregularities/’Not Breaking Any Laws’By Sofía Hanna | Mon, 02/21/2022 - 11:29
Safety in Mexico. Minister of Security Rosa Icela Rodríguez said that January 2022 saw the lowest number of intentional homicides in the last five years. "In the last nine months, there has been a sustained downward trend in intentional homicide. January is the lowest month in the incidence of this crime in the last five years. The security strategy is working." It was reported that January 2022 registered a total of 2,427 intentional homicides across the country, a decrease compared to the previous month when there were a total of 2,608 murders.
Public Account 2020. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador minimized the irregularities detected by the Superior Audit of the Federation (ASF) in the 2020 Public Account, which was delivered to the Congress of the Union, "All the irregularities that according to the ASF were found in the public account, that's how it always is, everything is audited and it begins to be clarified. This is still preliminary; of course, our adversaries, the corrupt conservatives, use it because they think it is the same and it is not."
The review carried out by the ASF showed cost overruns in the millions of pesos and delays were detected in the construction of the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), the Dos Bocas refinery and the Mayan Train.
Violation of the Revocation of Mandate. López Obrador denied that he is violating an electoral ban on discussing the upcoming referendum on his mandate because he is not saying exactly whether the people should vote for or against it. "I am no longer going to continue getting involved in these matters. Now, I am not breaking any law, I am not saying that the population leans toward one position or another. What I am expressing is that one way to resolve our differences is through the democratic method.” He made the comments after the National Electoral Institute (INE) said it would dictate specific measures against López Obrador so that he adjusts to the principles of impartiality and neutrality in the referendum to revoke the presidential mandate, which will take place on Sunday, April 10.
US payments to opposition groups. López Obrador again said the US government was financing opposition against his government and asked it to stop. "We are requesting the US government to no longer finance groups that act openly, opponents of governments, in my case, in our case, of a legally and legitimately constituted government, because it is an interventionist act, a violation of our sovereignty. Getting into the political and public life of another country, moreover, handing over money … it's a shame," said López Obrador.
López Obrador has insisted that the US stop giving money to organizations such as Mexicans United Against Corruption (MCCI) that he says seek to stop the flagship projects of his six-year term, such as the Felipe Ángeles International Airport or the Mayan Train.
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