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Runway reopened/ Officials with higher salaries than president

By Karin Dilge | Mon, 07/25/2022 - 12:35

Runway 5C/23L reopened after repairs. Mexico City’s International Airport (AICM) reopened the runway 5C/23L after being shut for 10 hours due to a pothole on the pavement. The air terminal reported that intense rains and plane’s constant landing caused a hole on the runway.

It is a critical area and it needed to be immediately closed for repair. After ten hours of repair works the runway was reopened and aerial operations resumed. During the closure, a total of 35 flights were affected, some with delays and others canceled.

Some government officials earn more money than the president. The Federal Consumers’ Protection Office (PROFECO) revealed a list of names and salaries earned by public officials, many of them earn more than the president.

According to the law, salaries of government officials should not exceed MX$136,700 (US$6,675) per month which is the salary of the president. Nonetheless, there are some officials that higher salaries. Ricardo Sheffield, Head of PROFECO, said that there are institutions that have an amparo and use it as an excuse to not comply with the law. Members of the Council of the Federal Judiciary have salaries of MX$286,600 (US$13,994), ministers of the Supreme Court earn MX$284,500 (US$13,892) and the governor of the Bank of Mexico (Banxico) earns MX$248,500 (US$12,314). Others earning more than President López Obrador are the president of the National Electoral Institute (INE), the Head of the Federal Commission for Economic Competition (COFECE), the Attorney General, the Head of the National Institute for Transparency (INAI), the commissioner president of the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) and the president of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).

Mayan Train. President López Obrador assured that restarting construction activities for section 5 of the Mayan Train should not cause legal problems.  A week ago, construction works on the Mayan Train were restarted and the president assured that they will not be stopped by the accusations of opposition groups. In addition, López Obrador stressed that the restart of activities does not violate the order of any judicial authority. “We used another alternative to continue construction. Now the project is considered a matter of national security.”

The majority of the population does not want the construction of the Mayan Train Section 5 South, a key part of one of President López Obrador's flagship infrastructure megaprojects, since it could damage the karst landscapes, harm the integrity of cenotes and cause significant deforestation, as well as destroy archeological and paleontological remains. Following the suspension of the project's construction by a federal judge in May 2022, the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (FONATUR) and Environmental Ministry SEMARNAT published the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), since its absence caused the project's suspension. As part of the attempts to reactivate construction, federal authorities have called for a consultation to assess the project's viability. However, civil organizations said the consultation process was found to be lacking substantial information.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Milenio, Joaquín López Doriga
Karin Dilge Karin Dilge Journalist and Industry Analyst