By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
After Mexican federal deputies voted Wednesday, April 28, to remove the conditional immunity afforded to Tamaulipas Governor Francisco Javier García Cabeza de Vaca as an government officeholder and to proceed with his impeachment, state senators voted late Friday, April 30, to reinstate that immunity and cancel the impeachment process.
The leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party, which dominates both houses of the federal congress, had removed the conservative National Action Party (PAN) governor’s immunity so that the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) could proceed with levying charges against him for alleged acts of corruption.
But the PAN-dominated Tamaulipas Senate voted 26 in favor, three against and seven abstentions to reinstate his immunity, meaning that the impeachment and the FGR’s trial cannot proceed.
Through a joint statement on Friday, the members of the Tamaulipas Senate stated that the proposed elimination of García Cabeza de Vaca’s immunity was “inappropriate.”
Both the Tamaulipas Senate and García Cabeza de Vaca himself called the federal Chamber of Deputies’ attempt to remove him from office “a new blow to the Mexican Constitution and democracy.”
“This was clearly a political and criminal lynching orchestrated by the government (of Morena President Andres Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO),” García Cabeza de León said.
“In today’s Mexico, the rule of law and order is living dark days and there seems to be no justice other than the revenge of a few.”
The governor went on to say that, “there is no one who is safe from the government’s insidious words, open threats and the use of public institutions for slander and persecution, or to be singled out and even imprisoned.”