Manuel López Obrador begins his tenure in Mexico full steam ahead

Manuel López Obrador
  • EFE

The tenure of Manuel López Obrador began full steam ahead in Mexico, after knowing that this Wednesday the newly elected president filed his first complaint with the Attorney General against money laundering, as reported by the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) through an official bulletin issued.

"The Financial Intelligence Unit of the SHCP, in exercise of its legal powers, submitted to the Attorney General's Office (PGR) the first complaint for the crime of operations with resources of illegal origin (money laundering)", in relation to the measure that will affect "members of organized crime and allow the initiation of judicial investigations."

In addition to this, the winning official with 53% of the vote on December 1, sent to the Senate a shortlist of possible ministers, two women and one man, who can replace Justice José Ramón Cossío, who finished his term in office at the Supreme Court.

Through a press conference in the morning hours, Obrador indicated that he would deliver to the "Senate of the Republic the list of possible ministers for the Supreme Court of Justice. The seat of Minister Cossío is vacant. And by law and in accordance with the Constitution, Articles 95 and 96, it is a presidential power to submit a shortlist to the Senate.

The first candidate is Loretta Ortiz, graduated from the Escuela Libre de Derecho and with a master's degree and a doctorate, while the second candidate is Celia Maya, magistrate of the Superior Court of Justice of the State of Querétaro. Graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, she has a Master's degree in Procedural and Criminal Law, and began in the Judiciary as judge in 1979.

Finally, Juan Luis González Alcántara, who among other functions was president of the Superior Court of Justice of the Federal District, completes the trio of candidates.

He also used the occasion to talk about the Odebrecht issue, stating that "about the Odebrecht investigation, there are instructions to give all the reports in as far as we are concerned, and we are in favor of transparency", while he promised "not to hide anything or be a cover, and only to take care of those procedures that may serve the accused to present evidence and be acquitted."

The alleged irregular payments from Pemex to Odebrecht between 2012 and 2016, uncovered an enormous pot that ended with a sentence for the Brazilian construction company with 4 years without obtaining contracts within the country since 2017, however, last November a court annulled this ruling.

At the end of his speech, Obrador assured that he is eager to meet with US President Donald Trump to discuss in detail the immigration issue between both nations. "It is very likely that in these days we communicate with President Donald Trump for this particular issue, which has to do with the migration phenomenon," he said.

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