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Less than a week after Mexico’s Electoral Court of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF) prohibited the federal government and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) administration from promoting April 10’s upcoming mandate revocation through government propaganda, the Mexican government has come under fire for using military planes, the National Guard and Army generals to publicly promote the vote on Saturday, April 2.

Mexican Secretary of the Interior Adán Augusto López used Saturday as an opportunity to travel on a National Guard plane from Mexico City to Torreón, then later to Hermosillo, to participate in promotional votes for the pending mandate revocation, accompanied by the president of AMLO’s National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party, Mario Delgado, with further participation from National Guard head Luis Rodríguez Bucio and Undersecretary of Public Security Ricardo Mejía.

This falls right into López Obrador’s modus operandi: When in doubt, extend undue influence to the Mexican military to exert AMLO’s will without opposition.

Members from opposition parties like the National Action Party (PAN) and the Party of Institutional Revolution (PRI) criticized the move in response, claiming the plane’s use and the participation from Morena members in the promotion directly violate the TEPJF’s March decision to limit government propaganda. The PAN later went on to file a complaint with the National Electoral Institute (INE) against the Secretary of the Interior and the National Guard for their illegal participation in the promotion of the mandate revocation.

“With all cynicism, they prefer to cheer on AMLO in public acts than to attend to the growing violence in the country and the thousands of problems that are being experienced today,” said PAN spokesman Víctor Hugo Sondón Saavedra. “We condemn the cynicism of the secretary of the interior, who prefers to occupy his time as a supporter for the president, while irresponsibly attacking the members of the INE.”

Despite the INE’s ruling against government propaganda, Morena has been rallying its governors across the country to promote the mandate revocation in their respective jurisdictions, actions that are expected to continue up until the vote takes place on April 10.

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