Mexican president announces consultation on armed forces | News

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced on Tuesday that a non-binding consultation will be held to find out popular opinion on expanding the presence of the army in public security tasks.

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The president pointed out that if the people support the initiative “it can lead legislators to change their minds, that they have the capacity to rectify” while he assured that it is not about pressure, but about knowledge of reality.

In this sense, López Obrador specified that the Secretary of the Interior, Adán Augusto López, will present on this day the protocol to execute the popular exercise that is initially planned for next January.

In turn, the head of state pointed out that “it will not be called a consultation because the appropriate legal framework has to be sought. Nor do we want the National Electoral Institute (INE) to participate” due to a budget issue.

The Mexican Senate is discussing a change in the norm that regulates cooperation between the Army and the Navy in security tasks until 2024 in order to extend it until 2028.

Prosecutor resignation in charge of the Ayotzinapa case

On the other hand, the Mexican head of state confirmed the resignation of the prosecutor in the case of the forced disappearance of the 43 young people from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa, Omar Gómez Trejo, due to alleged differences with the procedures.

Accordingly, he specified that “he did not agree with the procedures that were followed to approve the arrest warrants, there were differences in that, and I support the fact that they have issued the arrest warrants in accordance with what is established in the document that is the result of an investigation that took a long time.

At the same time, the president reported that the Attorney General’s Office “is going to appoint another prosecutor. I just want to tell the parents, the mothers of the students, I am addressing them, to have confidence that we are going to continue with the investigation.”

Similarly, he clarified to “the conservatives, the corrupt, those who ordered this crime (…) that they are not thinking that they are going to derail the investigation, we are going to continue without limitations, without pressure.”

Gómez’s departure comes just one day after the eighth anniversary of the disappearance of the 43 students, which the Center for Human Rights described as “unfortunate and worrying.”