By KELIN DILLON
Mexico’s Va Por México alliance, which consists of the centralist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and the left-leaning Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), denounced its opposition, the in-power leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) for using the country’s judicial branch to persecute its opponents and critics, specifically referring to the new charges brought against former PAN presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya.
“What we are seeing is a selective justice, because this government has dedicated itself to persecuting the opposition,” said PAN Deputy Pilar Ortega. “We do not see the same intent by the Prosecutor’s Office (FGR) to solve the crisis of insecurity and violence that we are experiencing in Mexico.”
Ortega noted how Anaya is one of the alliance’s most prominent members, especially considering his vocality about his intentions to run for president of Mexico once more in 2024.
Members of Va Por México were already in the United States to appear before the Organization of American States (OAS) to denounce the Mexican government’s laissez-faire attitude toward cartel interference in elections when they decided to make a complaint about the judiciary practices as well.
“Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has dedicated himself to persecuting all the political leaders of the opposition that he considers a threat to the continuity of his project,” read the filed complaint.
“There is no persecution for anyone, revenge is not my strong suit. This Mr. Ricardo Anaya, what he has to do is face the process,” said AMLO in response during his daily press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 24. “And if he is innocent, he must present the evidence and defend himself with the truth, but not throw me under the bus, blame me and go into exile.”