An olive branch for diplomats

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An olive branch for diplomats
Marcelo Ebrard, the Minister of Foreign Affairs - Photo: Irvin Olivares/EL UNIVERSAL
English 16/12/2018 11:23 Mexico City Under Reserve Actualizada 11:28
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An olive branch for diplomats

A few days ago, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador scolded diplomats who complain about their salaries “not being enough”, thanks to the new government's austerity policy. “If you don't like it, there will be someone else who wants to work with that salary,” he told them. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by Marcelo Ebrard, wants to soften the friction, so in the face of the decrease in benefits for the members of the Mexican Foreign Service living abroad such as paid rent and aid for their children' school. The institution promised the complainers to look at their cases and try to adjust costs. We've been told, the 2019 Budget already included these considerations, nevertheless, there are no detailed numbers yet.

Olga Sánchez Cordero brings peace

Olga Sánchez Cordero, the Minister of Internal Affairs, is planning to reconcile too. This time with the six INAI commissioners. She met with them on Friday, and she was accompanied by Zoé Robledo and Sofía González, with the purpose of ironing out tension after the comments made by President López Obrador, who said the institute wasn't useful, since corruption had an increase like never before and that their salaries went up to MXN $300,000. We've been told that everything was cordial and friendly and as a sign, the former minister sang happy birthday and brought a cake for commissioner Patricia Kurczyn, who was celebrating her birthday. Hugs, not shots!

Fooling the opposition

Some opposition deputies are angry at Morena, the majority group, in Congress. We've been told that the opposition branded the process to analyze and discuss the creation of a National Guard as an “illusion”, because although it was determined they would listen to experts and civic organizations, they've realized, that everything is ready. Last Friday, the members of the Constitutional Issues Commission obtained the draft opinion and they will meet with the Security Minister, Alfonso Durazo, on Monday. If the draft is approved next week, the opposition wonder when will external opinions be considered?

Bodyguards from Chiapas

This week EL UNIVERSAL revealed that since 2009, a decree was issued in Chiapas, which was renewed in 2017, which granted former governors, heads of the local Judicial branch, former Attorney Generals, and former Security Ministers a team of bodyguards for up to 15 years after concluding their service. President López Obrador reacted to the news and considered at excess but said it was up to Chiapas to fix the situation. We've been told that the former Governor, Manuel Velasco, was renounced the bodyguards, so people are wondering who is benefited by this service? A question the current government will have to answer, as well as how many people carry out this task and how much does it cost.


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