President of Mexico points to foreign firms for breaching contracts

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, stressed at a press conference on Tuesday that some foreign firms failed to fulfill "juicy" contracts and asked the private sector for an "ethical vision".

AMLO. Photo: Hoy Los Angeles
AMLO. Photo: Hoy Los Angeles

"Mexico is not a land of conquest, it is over, there are foreign companies that received juicy contracts and did not comply and they were given preferential treatment in this neoliberal period," he said in relation to the previous administrations.

Lopez Obrador said that his government, which took office on December 1, is not against the private sector, if not corruption.

Therefore, he asked business organizations not to defend "blindly" the private sector, and support entrepreneurs with "ethical vision."

And to the foreign governments, he asked them to bet on the companies of his country with "moral attitude".

On Monday, López Obrador accused former high-ranking officials of working in private energy companies, many of them foreign, and participating in a "perverse plan" to weaken the state-owned Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

López Obrador stressed that the Republican Austerity Law will prevent public officials from jumping to private companies related to their sector, a phenomenon known as the "grasshoppers".

He said he was going to "prohibit" this practice with a new regulation that contemplates a ten-year ban from leaving public office to joining the private sector.

"It is not illegal, but it is immoral, and it is a shame." Not even in the United States, where there is greater public-private interaction, there are cases "like the Mexican," said López Obrador, who said that in Mexico there was no "border" between the public and the private sphere.

The Mexican government also announced on Monday that the companies Carso, IEnova and TransCanada own seven large gas pipelines that, despite being detained, receive subsidies and represent an expenditure of 21,000 million dollars for the CFE.

On Tuesday, the president explained that he will dialogue with these companies to see how to move forward in the service and works.

On the stock market crash of one of these listed companies, López Obrador said that this proves that there is a financial sector "responsible for smart", and on the depreciation of the peso against the dollar, said it was due to an external factor.

"Not because of the stock market or the depreciation of the peso, we are going to stop the plan to fight corruption," he added.

The president also criticized the conservative press for, he said, supporting privatization in sectors such as electricity.

In her turn, the head of the Secretariat of Public Administration, Irma Eréndira Sandoval, assured that the 19 members of López Obrador's cabinet have presented their patrimonial and interest declaration, being an example of "absolute and total transparency".

Thus, while 100% of the members of the cabinet of the leader of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) have disclosed their information, at the beginning of previous administrations, only 21% of the top positions of Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) did so, 5.5% of the ministers of Vicente Fox (2000-2006).

Meanwhile, according to the report of the SFP, no member of the team of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) presented his patrimonial declaration at the beginning of his Administration.

Sandoval said on Tuesday that the Minister of Communications and Transportation, Javier Jiménez Espriú, has the "document" that proves the change of ownership of an apartment in Houston (Texas, USA), which he gave to his son, thereby controversy that appeared in media this Monday.

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