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Reports Attack in Mexico City / Justifies Energy Sector Changes

By Ricardo Guzman | Fri, 06/26/2020 - 12:22

Support for Sheinbaum after attack on Mexico City Public Security head. After reporting on the attack on Mexico City Public Security head Omar García Harfuch earlier today, President López Obrador expressed his solidarity and support for the city´s Head of Government Claudia Sheinbaum. “From Morelia, we express our solidarity, our total, complete, absolute support for the Head of Government and members of the Mexico City Public Security team,” he said. García is out of danger after being shot twice during a coordinated assault that left three dead and one dozen arrested in the upscale Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood. “All this has to do with work carried out to guarantee peace and tranquility, both in Mexico City and in the country,” the president said.

Justifies changes in energy sector. After several complaints by US companies and the US Ambassador, President López Obrador said changes he is pushing in the energy sector do not violate any law, but rather, they are addressing excesses tolerated in the past. “We are not violating any legal order. We are putting order in place because we feel that there were excesses, that there was a lot of corruption,” he said regarding complaints from US companies and US Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau, who has said that changes in the sector are affecting investments. The president said everyone knows that foreign and national energy companies that made big profits colluded with public officials.

Supreme Court will resolve controversies. The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) will decide on constitutional challenges related to the armed forces carrying out public security duties, President López Obrador said. “The judiciary is going to resolve it. Of course, we are going to defend support for the ministries of defense and the Navy so the National Guard is consolidated,” he said during his visit to Michoacán, were new National Guard barracks will be inaugurated.

Gov. Aureloes explains constitutional controversy. Michoacán Gov. Silvano Aureoles said that the constitutional challenge his administration filed against the presidential decree allowing the Army and Navy to get involved in security duties is neither against President López Obrador or the armed forces. “The move is only to clarify the scope of action for the armed forces related to public security,” he said. The governor acknowledged that violence is one pending challenge for his administration, since there has been an increase in homicides in the state.

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