President Andrés Manuel López Obrador considered that the best way to carry out a popular consultation to ask society if the former chiefs of the Executive are prosecuted for past cases, such as that of Odebrecht, would be for the citizens themselves to submit a request for consultation or, failing that, legislators. Although he indicated that he does not rule out asking himself that it be carried out.
“I am informing on time, the best thing would be for the signatures to be provided by the citizens; If the time is not reached, the second possibility is that legislators do it and the third is that the President requests it. I am going to wait until the end, but I do not rule out the possibility of doing it, because it is democracy, even though I vote against the former presidents being tried, ”he said.
The law establishes that from September 1 to 15, the President of the Republic, one third of any of the houses of Congress or the citizens, in a number equivalent to at least 2% of those registered in the nominal list of voters, may request a popular consultation on issues of national importance.
The President explained that the proposal arose from his demand for justice regarding the alleged cases of corruption in which the former director of Pemex, Emilio Lozoya, and in the United States the former secretary of federal Public Security, Genaro, are being prosecuted. Garcia Luna.
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He says that 30% of a Chamber can request it, 2% of the Nominal List and he does not rule out requesting it himself.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador gave the green light to citizens or legislators so that in the period contemplated by law, from September 1 to 15, they request a popular consultation to find out if the former presidents of the country are prosecuted for cases from the past, like Odebrecht.
He recalled that there are three mechanisms contemplated in the Federal Law of Popular Consultation to make use of this exercise: the request of the President of the Republic, a third of any of the houses of Congress or citizens, in a number equivalent to at least 2 % of those registered in the Nominal List of Voters, around one million 600 thousand.
He recalled that in case it is the citizens who propose it, it no longer passes to the approval of Congress, it goes directly to the Court: “Also the request, if it is approved in Congress, goes to the Court and the Court decides if it is constitutional , that is, if applicable; and if applicable, it goes to the INE to organize the consultation.
“I am informing on time, the best thing would be for the signatures to be provided by the citizens; If the time is not reached, the second possibility is that legislators do it and the third is that the President requests it. I am going to wait until the end, but I do not rule out the possibility of doing it because it is democracy, even though I vote against the former presidents being tried. “
The proposal arose from his demand for justice regarding the alleged cases of corruption in which the former director of Pemex, Emilio Lozoya, and in the United States the former secretary of federal Public Security, Genaro García Luna, and for which all those involved must declare, even if called by the Attorney General of the Republic, they would be willing to attend, he said.
The consultation, he anticipated, could be held on federal election day, June 6, 2021.
“I do not want to be an executioner, nor does revenge move me,” he clarified.
During his press conference, the president explained that each of these processes must involve the return of the stolen from the public treasury.
The president recalled other cases where a consultation has been carried out, although not under all the premises of the law.
“In the case of the Mexicali (brewery) plant it was not finished and it was stopped there. And there will be no permission, even if they want to turn it around, as they plan to do it, they cannot; and that they complain to those who gave them crooked permits, because both parties are to blame, it is as they say colloquially, the one who steals the cow and the one who grabs the leg. “
But he also recalled the consultation for the Huexca thermoelectric plant, in Morelos, where he said yes to a plant where only 100 meters of gas pipeline were missing to start it.
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