By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) said Monday, Oct. 4, that he would not attend the award ceremony for the presentation of the Belisario Domínguez Medal to Senator Ifigenia Martínez on Thursday, Oct. 7, because Senator Lilly Téllez “threatened to disrespect” him.
Speaking during his daily press conference, this time in Puebla where he was on tour, AMLO said that he does not want to “make scandals or expose the presidential vestigial office to embarrassment” (as if that hasn’t already happened).
“I am not going to be disrespected and scandalized,” AMLO said.
But since the delivery of the Belisario Domínguez Medal — the highest award bestowed by the Mexican Senate — “is a serious matter,” AMLO said that he would send Secretary of the Interior Adán Augusto López to represent him at the ceremony.
Martínez, a member of AMLO’s leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party, is being awarded the medal for her academic, economic and political contributions to the nation.
And what was it that Téllez, a member of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), did to scare off the president from attending the ceremony at the Senate?
A few days ago, she wrote on her Twitter account: “The serial violator of the Constitution, Mr. President López Obrador … will come to the Senate next week. We need to confront him.”
It seems that AMLO scares off easily.