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AMLO's security dilemma
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AMLO's security dilemma

06/12/2018
10:32
Mexico City
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AMLO's security dilemma

Everything seems to indicate that the suggestions made by those close to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador have had an impact on him and yesterday, for the first time, he recognized that his security is an affair of State. During his daily press conference, security measures increased at Palacio Nacional, but it's still quite easy for anyone to access the Tesorería hall, where his press conferences take place. Nevertheless, the President not only agreed that his security is an affair of State, but also that he's seriously analyzing strengthening his protection scheme, but he made it clear that he won't be “encircled”, and he will still be close to people. His team is in for a lot of work and a dilemma.

Minister Aguilar's pending issue

The most serious proposal to end with the severe nepotism in the Federal Judicial Authority, promoted by the Supreme Court's president, minister Luis María Aguilar Morales, was thwarted. We've been told that yesterday, in the face of the absence of two members of the Council of the Federal Judiciary, the plenary session couldn't vote the proposal, which was announced since last Friday. This proposal looked to prevent judges, magistrates, and high-ranking officials from the Judicial branch from helping, somehow, their family members to enter the institution's payroll. Yesterday was the last plenary session of led by minister Aguilar Morales, the agreement will be discussed in January 2019 again, by the president the members of the Supreme Court elect on January 2. We've been told that if this proposal is approved next year, it will have minister Aguilar's mark.

A stormy transition at Sedatu

Scene 1: The Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial, and Urban Development (Sedatu) didn't make any changes to its website and Rosario Robles was still in its directory. Scene 2: at the Sedatu, now led by Román Meyer Falcón, they claimed that the lack of changes in the website was a result of the reluctance during the transfer process because they weren't given the passwords. Scene 3: Rosario Robles' team claim that the website, social media, and internet passwords were handed over on November 30, and sent EL UNIVERSAL pictures of three envelopes where, they claim, the passwords were contained. Each of them has the respective seals and signatures. What was the play called? A stormy transition at Sedatu.

Relay at the Senate

We've been told that if nothing changes, in the incoming days Mauricio Farah will be appointed as the new head of the Ministry of Administrative Services. We've been told that the agreements and consensus are secured, and the Senators decided to deliver the administrative control of the legislative organism to a man with a lot of experience in the field, as Mr. Mauricio had the same position in Congress form 2012 to 2018. In the last 20 years, he has worked in the Legislative branch, the Human Rights Commission, and the Information Access Federal Institute. An interesting fact is that Farah will become the only public servant to take oath in both chambers. They explained that Farah's political neutrality paved the way for his new responsibility, and will go from having 500 bosses to 128. Until a few days ago, the Ministry was led by Roberto Figueroa Martínez.

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