Alonso Urrutia, Emir Olivares and Rocío González
Newspaper La Jornada
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, p. 3
From the Palacio del Ayuntamiento, where the head of the Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, dispatches, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador slipped new lights towards the succession and endorsed the unleashed activism of his closest friends:
I think that if they don’t have a job or they’ve already done their homework, and it doesn’t cost the government, because money from the budget shouldn’t be used, they can do it. They are citizens.
With the domain of the scene, the questions in the conference about the budding relief did not bother him. He outlined in greater detail the rules of the game that he envisions, after mentioning that he is a militant with the permission of a party (Morena):
There are no more covers or fingers (that is undemocratic), he stressed; The candidate will be chosen by means of a survey, whose effectiveness is scientifically proven, and the universe of applicants must be limited to those who really have possibilities. Thus, she signed that he will support whoever emerges from the process, but will not campaign in favor of him.
Almost as a provocation, a reporter ventured a hypothesis disguised as a question.
-You stated that the head of government is not your consent in the succession (…) Is the Secretary of the Interior plan B?
–There are no longer covered; that which lasted more than 100 years and was the invention of Porfirio Díaz. There is no longer that, everyone has the right, according to the Constitution.
At the conjuration of the security evaluation meeting in the capital and the subsequent presidential conference, two of the candidates for the presidential candidacy agreed: the head of government and the secretary of the Interior, Adán Augusto López. Behind the scenes, almost at the end of the morning, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard appeared from the second floor, who saluted as a candidate who was concluding a rally. Everyone in the succession game.
– Or is it your consent?
I love Claudia very much. And to Adam; imagine, he is my countryman; Marcelo is doing a first class job –the President replied without getting caught up in the verbal duel.
And once entered, perhaps to dispel conjectures, he started a round of exaltations to his present collaborators, beginning with Admiral Rafael Ojeda, head of the Navy, and General Luis Cresencio Sandoval, of the Sedena.
The important thing, he said, is that there will be a generational change in the designation of the candidate, boasting of being the one who reached the Presidency with the oldest age.
It was thought that Don Adolfo Ruiz Cortines; Well, no. I think he entered that at 60 years old, I entered at 65. I am the oldest president in the history of Mexico. That’s why my opponents say that I’m already crashinghe specified before letting out a loud laugh.
Hostess of the security meeting and the subsequent morning meeting, Sheinbaum garnered presidential praise. Hard-working, intelligent, honest… an accumulation of compliments that provoked a nervous smile from the aforementioned.
Faced with a new question about Ebrard’s absence, he cleared up intrigues with the argument that he would be at the later breakfast, because later they would review the preparations for the Summit of the Americas.
–Would you accompany them in the events?
-No, nothing. Nothing more than that, because the money from the budget, which is everyone’s money, should not be used to support any candidate or party.
In a good mood, the president claimed the scientific nature of the polls and recalled that in 2012 it emerged from a poll in which he beat Ebrard, who then
he put wax in his ears and did not hear the song of the sirens. I was a candidate.
Public exposure was followed by private breakfast, courtesy of Sheinbaum. The return to the National Palace threw new signs. On board the White Jetta, the Executive and the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made the journey, amid a strong security device in the Zócalo of the capital.