Left-Winger AMLO Tells US to Stay out of Mexican Elections

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 10, 2017, 10:42 am
AMLO accused his rival, Margarita Zavala, of traveling secretly to the United States to meet with Senator John McCain to provide a report on the political situation in Mexico. (Facebook)

EspañolMexico’s leading left-wing presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wants a respectful, working relationship with the United States should he be elected, but also said it should keep its distance during elections.

Lopez Obrador, commonly referred to as AMLO, said he intends to work with the US primarily on private sector investment that will be fundamental for economic growth. But for now, while elections are going on, the country should only be an onlooker.

Last Sunday, the leader of the National Regeneration Movement Party — also known as Morena — met with his supporters to sign the Political Agreement for the Unity, Prosperity and Rebirth of Mexico, during which he asked the United States not to intervene in the 2018 electoral process.

“We must be clear when we tell the US government: we were respectful during the last election campaign,” he said. “We expect the same. Do not intervene in matters that only concern Mexicans.”



He accused presidential pre-candidate Margarita Zavala, who traveled to the United States to hold a meeting with Republican Senator John McCain, of attempting to gain favor with US officials.

“A few days ago, the Secretary of Security of the United States declared that if the left won in Mexico, that would not be good for his country, as it is known that on some occasions, what is bad for them is good for us,”AMLO said.

He said his political party will provide priority assistance to the poor, but will also serve the middle class as well as small and medium-sized entrepreneurs. He also promised not to increase taxes.

Last week, Governor of the Central Bank of Mexico Agustín Carstens said Mexican finances are not ready to increase spending or reestablish subsidies.

“We are going to invite investors to participate,” AMLO said in response. “We cannot promote Mexico’s development with public investment. We will invite private investment as seed capital, like when I was head of Mexico City’s government.”

Source: El Universal

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Mexican President Pledges to Help Venezuelan Democracy after Meeting With Political Prisoner’s Family

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 10, 2017, 10:00 am

EspañolMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto visited with the wife and mother of Venezuela political prisoner Leopoldo López. During the meeting in the President's official residence at Los Pinos, he committed to supporting a restoration of Venezuela's democracy. "I met with Lilian Tintori to talk about the situation in Venezuela and confirm Mexico's position," Peña Nieto wrote on Twitter after the fact, adding: "We trust that, through an agreement between parties, Venezuelans will restore its democracy." Tintori also said President Enrique Peña Nieto was committed to rescuing democracy for all Venezuelans. In a later interview, she said Peña Nieto was very worried about the situation that Venezuela is going through and that he is planning to give instructions to Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso to keep in constant communication with his Latin American counterparts with the intention of "rescuing the constitutional thread and democracy in Venezuela." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); "Yesterday we met with @EPN in representation of thousands of Venezuelans on the street fighting for peace and freedom." According to López's wife: "We Venezuelans want presidential elections this year, we want the freedom of all political prisoners. We are going to rescue the constitution and the National Assembly." Read More: Venezuela: Food and Medicine Shortages Are a Government Policy Read More: Venezuela Is out of Options: the Armed Forces Must Step in Antonieta Mendoza, Lopez's mother, was also received by the President of Mexico, and said the meeting went well. "The president was very generous with his time," she said. "We went in at around a quarter before nine o'clock and left at 10:10 p.m., an hour and a half meeting ... We had the opportunity to provide him with a very detailed report about the situation in Venezuela that the president was aware of, but perhaps we deepened his knowledge." Source: Proceso

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