The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, gave his third government report on September 1. The president highlighted what he considers an economic improvement, advances in vaccination against Covid-19 and the fight against corruption. The head of state acknowledged a 13% increase in femicides, however, he did not refer to the increase in poverty or the pending work on security.
Despite the unprecedented 8.2% drop in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) highlighted his third year in office as a full period of successful economic records.
“Historical record in remittances, historical record in foreign investment, historical record in increase to the minimum wage, historical record in no devaluation of the peso, historical record in no increase in debt, historical record in increase of the stock market index, historical record in the reserves of the Bank of Mexico “, highlighted the president from the Government Palace during the presentation of the third report of his administration.
There is the first part of our verification of the Report (tomorrow we share the second).
– Daniel Moreno (@dmorenochavez) September 1, 2021
Likewise, the president highlighted foreign investment, which was 18,433 million dollars in the first quarter, that is, 2.6% higher than that reported in the same period of 2020 and the best in the history of the country, as stated.
Regarding the foreign debt, the head of state indicated that his Administration has not contracted any additional obligation and that the Mexican peso has not been devalued during the two years and nine months that he has been in office, something that had not happened in three decades. he pointed.
The head of state affirmed that the “historical records” should be spread to the “four winds” because they are to “show off” in front of the “neoliberal technocrats.”
The president then went further, even pointing out that the financial situation of his country will improve even more, after ensuring that the Mexican economy will show growth of around 6% this year.
But López Obrador did not mention that Mexico’s poverty rate increased during his presidency. It went from 41.9% in 2018 to 43.9% in 2020, according to the National Council for the Evaluation of the Government’s Social Development Policy.
Patricio Morelos, professor at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, explained that the political leader has maintained his support among the poor in his country, in part due to the $ 750 that each family receives annually as support from the Government, “creating a sense of greater comfort, “he says.
The president recognizes the notorious increase in femicides
The president acknowledged that during his government, femicides have increased by 13%. However, he assured that the increase in the percentage of these crimes during the first half of his term was due to the fact that they were not classified correctly.
“Of 11 crimes considered to have the greatest impact, only three have presented increases, femicide, which grew by 13%; extortion, which increased by 28%, and robbery in public transport, which grew 12%,” said the president .
After downplaying the work that remains to be done on security and poverty reduction, the Mexican president highlighted his campaign against government corruption. “The money that was stolen before now reaches those below,” said the 67-year-old ruler.
According to the president, it is precisely through the battle against corruption that the government has been able to increase social spending. AMLO also assured that this fight has allowed him to “free up more budget for the benefit of the people.”
AMLO receives criticism for bragging about remittances
The president made the remarks with his sights set on the next presidential elections with which he intends to be reelected in office.
“A setback would not be an easy thing, we are doing well and people are going to vote next year to continue in the Presidency until 2024. We will not leave any pending and when I am delivering the presidential sash I will say to the four winds: ‘Mission accomplished, I I’m going to Palenque, I leave my heart to you, ‘”said the president.
However, López Obrador received criticism after referring to the entry of remittances to the country during the pandemic as a historic achievement. The president said that the Bank of Mexico informed him that money transfers from abroad reached $ 4.54 billion in July alone.
AMLO presumes as achievements an increase in remittances that is not due to his government but to the neoliberal policies of the United States and both the record in the BMV and the behavior of the dollar are fundamentally due to the recovery of the United States that also drives Mexico. https://t.co/xtNDuupJKx
– Maricarmen Cortés (@mcmaricarmen) September 1, 2021
“AMLO presumes as achievements an increase in remittances that is not due to his government but to the neoliberal policies of the United States and both the record in the BMV and the behavior of the dollar are fundamentally due to the recovery of the United States that also drives Mexico” Financial analyst Mari Carmen Cortés wrote on her Twitter account, who joined dozens of users on social networks who reproached the president.
López Obrador will present a reform to the energy sector
The left-wing president also used the presentation of his new management report to announce that he will fight the “privatization” of the energy sector. AMLO said that this month he will present a constitutional reform to the legislature to reverse the “privatizations” in this area.
“As for the electricity industry, this month I am going to send Congress a constitutional reform initiative that will make it possible to repair the serious damage that privatization caused to the public sector,” he announced.
According to AMLO, the governments that preceded his Administration promoted an opening in the energy market “to give preference to private companies, national and especially foreign, with the delivery of subsidies among other perks.”
On the other hand, he criticized that the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) plants “were completely abandoned” and the current government is “modernizing hydroelectric plants to reduce the use of fuel and coal.”
AMLO: 65% of Mexicans have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with at least one dose
The Mexican leader who initially received strong criticism in his country for denying the seriousness of the new coronavirus and taking time to impose restrictions to mitigate the damage, included the fight against the pandemic in his list of alleged achievements.
López Obrador affirmed that 65% of the population of his country has received at least one of the two doses required in most biologicals, to be immunized against the virus.
“At least one dose has been vaccinated to 65% of the population and I reiterate the commitment that, next October, all the inhabitants over 18 years of age will have at least one dose,” he said.
Mexico faces the third wave of the pandemic and recently the president’s order to return to classes in person caused divisions between parents and teachers, many of whom have disagreed due to possible risks of infection in children.
“We are going to restart classes, the new school year will begin at the end of August. Rain, shine or lightning, we are not going to keep the schools closed. It was enough,” the president had advanced on July 25.
Reaching nearly halfway through his six-year term, López Obrador remains popular despite stubbornly high levels of violence and rising inflation in an economy emerging from recession.
With EFE, AP and local media