By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
José Ramiro López Obrador, the brother of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced Sunday, Nov. 1, that he had resigned from his appointed post as undersecretary of border affairs, migrants and human rights for his native state of Tabasco in order to run for office in next year’s midterm elections.
The announcement was made during a press conference in Tabasco’s capital city of Villahermosa, which José Ramiro López Obrador attended in conjunction with Tabasco Governor Adán Augusto López Hernández, a close friend and political ally of the president.
The announcement immediately spurred protest from opposition leaders across Mexico, who claimed that it opened the door to political nepotism.
José Ramiro López Obrador did not say what post he intended to run for.
Another of AMLO’s siblings, Pio López Obrador, gained considerable media notoriety in recent weeks due to the release in August of two videos shot in 2015 showing him receiving large sums of cash and stuffing it into manila folders.
The videos have been interpreted by many as evidence of alleged payoffs for corrupt dealings by the López Obrador clan.
But AMLO has adamantly defended the honor of Pio, saying that the money was probably donations from political supporters.
And Pio López Obrador has responded by filing a federal suit against Carlos Loret de Mola, the journalist who released the tapes, on charges of “invasion of privacy.”
He has requested that Loret de Mola be fined and jailed for up to 12 years.
…Nov, 1, 2020