Mexico City, Nov 29 (EFE).- The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, acknowledged that the three candidates that the Senate is considering this Wednesday to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court are “very linked” to his movement, which which has been criticized by the opposition.
“They are right, the three of them are very linked to us, I have known them for a long time,” said the president during his morning press conference.
“Yes, they are linked to me, of course? And it is a pride for me, but at the same time they are honest people, they are honest, upright women, incapable of committing injustice, incorruptible. Furthermore, I do not establish relationships of complicity with anyone. “he added.
The president thus responded to questions from opposition groups that his proposal for this position, which became vacant with the sudden resignation of the now former minister Arturo Zaldívar, an ally of López Obrador, is due to nepotism and because they are militants of the president’s party.
López Obrador defended the profiles of Bertha María Alcalde, sister of the Secretary of the Interior, Luisa María Alcalde, who holds the main position in the presidential cabinet, Lenia Batres, sister of the head of Government of Mexico City, the ruling party Martí Batres and María Estela Ríos, current legal advisor to the Presidency.
López Obrador praised Bertha Alcalde for her work in the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), as he assured that she helped clean up the “pighole” that existed.
In addition, he highlighted the integrity and work of his mother, Bertha Luján, in defending the workers of independent unions, highlighting the work of his entire family in the union sphere.
As for Lenia Batres, the president praised her long fight for democracy and her dedication to defending the rights of citizens.
He also stressed the integrity and dedication of his entire family in promoting democratic values.
Even so, he said that he is not “doing work” for any of the candidates and recalled that the senators will decide the appointment.
In this context, he said that this type of controversy would be avoided with his proposal for constitutional reform so that judges are elected by popular vote.
“If they don’t even want me to send a shortlist, it’s very simple, we’re going to let the people choose, that’s the best way to avoid making mistakes, the best thing is to ask the people,” he insisted.
So far, with this proposal, López Obrador will have nominated a record five of the 11 members of the Court in his mandate, although two of them, Juan Luis González Alcántara and Margarita Ríos Farjat, have shown their independence, while Yasmín Esquivel and Loretta Ortiz vote consistently in favor of the president’s projects.
The vacancy causes greater controversy because it arises after the resignation of the former president of the SCJN Zaldívar, who was due to finish his position in December 2024, but resigned at the beginning of November to join the presidential campaign of the ruling party Claudia Sheinbaum.