The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has just made a political and legal decision that discovers his true image before the world. The Ministry of Public Administration (SFP), in charge of combating corruption, announced the results of the investigations to Manuel Bartlett, general director of the Federal Electricity Commission: he did not incur conflict of interest or hidden enrichment. Actually, they used legal arguments to excuse him.
By officially exonerating Bartlett – the Mexican politician who best embodies the old corrupt and authoritarian system – López Obrador became part of a long list of Latin American leaders who proclaim themselves champions against corruption, but who barely came to power became accomplices and cover-ups.
Bartlet is an old politician involved in many previous scandals in Mexico. After in the radio program I conduct, journalist Arelí Quintero unveiled two investigations, Bartlett Bienes Raíces and Bartlett SA de CV, the SFP received 33 complaints against the official.
The government delivered, in return, a research simulation on the network of properties and family businesses that hide the fortune accumulated by Bartlett. Despite obvious irregularities and violations of the law in the case, the government said it did not find any fault in its proceedings and all complaints were dismissed.
The president had anticipated this result from the day the first report was published: he considered Bartlett innocent of any wrongdoing and said he was facing “a campaign against him by conservatives.”
López Obrador defeated himself by endorsing the farce of an investigation. Politically and legally his government is already, officially, an accomplice of Bartlett, who has a black political record that ranges from accusations of electoral fraud to the murder and disappearance of people. With his exoneration, the president of Mexico threw away his speech of the last 18 years.
López Obrador came to power, in his third election as a presidential candidate, with the image of being an anti-system leader, the man who was going to clean up corruption in Mexico. That has been one of his main mottos and promises, in a country tired of government looting. But what he has done since then places him rather as a president of the old regime, the one he promised to fight.
He has distributed contracts and praise and has sat at the table of the same business elite that he previously frowned on in all his election campaigns. It has endeavored to build an electoral clientele system with the federal budget for the fight against poverty. He is determined to weaken all democratic counterweights and is trapped in an economy with zero growth. The conditions of insecurity not only have not been resolved but have worsened, and he insists on following the same failed strategy.
In addition to all this, he is determined to cover up without corruption the corruption of his collaborators and political allies. A couple of months ago the president warned the corrupt: ” Surrender, we have you surrounded .” His administration is full of rhetoric, speeches and grandiloquent words that are not fulfilled in the facts.
The Mazatlan Post