As Mexico plunged into recession amid a widespread Kovid-19 outbreak, its leader began the week by changing the subject of the pampered excesses of his rivals, showing – yet – his predecessor the grand presidential plane he used to use Denies and is trying. Sell.
President Andrés Manuel López Oboror, a leftist populist who appears before the media every morning at 7 a.m., took his Monday news conference to a hangar at Mexico City’s international airport, where reporters were decked with king-size beds Boeing 787 moved to burner. conference room. It was brought back from California last week where it had been parked for over a year.
The president has made the plane a symbol of governments and opponents of the past, which he portrays as golf-loving, foreign-educated crooks who use their power to enrich cronies and siphon public funds.
“Those who want to return to this form of government,” he said, “we have committed to change Mexico.” The luxury of government is over. Budget is the money of the people and it will be used by the most needy people. “
This is a challenge that coronovirus is more difficult to fulfill. Last week’s data showed the economy Contracted by most on record in May and economists It is expected that Latin America’s second-largest economy will shrink the most this year since the Great Depression. Meanwhile, Mexico is close to being outside the UK to have the third highest number of deaths from coronovirus in the world. Health officer Over the weekend, more than a thousand deaths have been reported from the virus, the weekend said.
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At his Monday news conference, the president posed limited questions to the aircraft.
López Obredor has seen his popularity decline due to his lack of support for dealing with the virus and the millions of workers who work in large companies and millions. Jet’s withdrawal allowed him to revive his anti-corruption campaign ahead of the midterm elections next year, said Luis Estrada, director of political consultant SPIN-TPC.
Estrada said, “They need to try to take back their subject of corruption, and the presidential plane is a clear proof of that corruption.” “This is a very risky bet because he has not given anywhere else. They are desperate to show results, but they will reach the polls with the economy at its worst. “
Officials said two proposals have been made for the aircraft, one of which has a $ 1 million deposit. As known to the president, AMLO stated that they expected to announce a buyer in the coming days.
Last week, he said an offer was for $ 120 million. In the past, he turned down the $ 125 million offer because it was lower than Jet’s $ 130 million government valuation.
Plain has been one of the president’s favorite political props to describe a “change” of Mexican politics that he has pledged to carry out. But the symbolism declined slightly after buyers failed to emerge.
Earlier this year, as headlines came to an end that the government’s first year with record-high gays ended in a slight recession, it came up with another aircraft-related idea – to give it to citizens for tickets. , Which cost $ 25.
This led to a series of sketches and spoofs, which concerned what the winner could do with the aircraft, including turning it into a massive taco truck. When it became clear that the aircraft could prove to be a burden (where to park it?), The president said there would be cash prizes instead of lotteries. That too has not gone so well. Officials said on Monday that only 25% of tickets were sold. The President has specified substantial income for medical devices.
Lopez Obredor’s focus on the aircraft is followed by a string of other corruption cases. This month, a former chief executive of the state oil company Petrole Mexican was extradited from Spain to face corruption charges. The AMLO said that his testimony implicated lawmakers to bring an improvement in bribes, which opened up the state’s energy sector to private investment. A former ruling party governor is also facing extradition from the US on charges of funding his party to millions.
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There have been headlines for months about a Mexican trial that would help the president’s anti-corruption campaign, said Professor Xavier Martin of the Center for Economic Research and TeachingCIDE) in Mexico City.
Martin said of the plane trip, “it is a deliberate change effort”, from issues of outbreak, economy and violence. “It seems that this is an administration that is placing more bets on symbols than concrete results.”