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By KELIN DILLON

According to figures from Mexico’s National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI), Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) presidential office is among the top 10 least transparent agencies in the government, based on it having one of the lowest response rates to public requests for information.

The Office of the Presidency of the Republic rejected 386 requests for information between AMLO’s assumption of office on Dec. 1, 2018 and Feb. 26, 2021, citing a lack of required data. A further 177 requests were rejected due to “not corresponding to the law,” the office argued, making a total of 563 rejections so far.

In just over two years, AMLO’s office ranks as the eighth-least transparent government agency based on its large number of denials for information, already outstripping the requests denied by the preceding administration of Enrique Peña Nieto, which rejected 351 requests during his entire six year term. 

Even former President Felipe Calderón rejected only 133 requests for information within his six year presidential term.

If AMLO’s office continues at the same pace, it’s on track to have approximately 1,689 denials of information requests before his term is finished.

Other agencies with top requests for information were the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) and the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris).

AMLO has previously called for the absorption of the INAI and all other autonomous organizations into the Mexican government, citing the agency’s lack of transparency as necessitating the move.

…Mar. 2, 2021

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