Andrew Manuell Lopez Obradorpresident of Mexico, announced that he will issue a agreement so that the operation of the National Guard go completely to Secretary of National Defense (Sedena),
I’ll tell you in advance that by agreement of the Presidency, the security that has to do with the National Guard, complete, already passes to the Secretary of Defense. The operational issue is already in charge of the Defense”, he said in the morning conference at the National Palace.
“But I am going to issue an agreement so that the National Guard passes to Sedena and we only wait for the result of the reform,” he said.
The Mexican president also reported that in the Military Parade of the next 16 of September “It’s going to be predominantly public safety oriented and the main players will be from the National Guard.”
The Mexican president made this announcement despite the fact that in 2019, when he created the National Guard, the Government promised that the security body would maintain a civilian nature in the face of criticism from human rights organizations.
Later, López Obrador changed his position and announced a constitutional reform to formalize that the Armed Forces control the National Guard, which depends on the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC), but now he preferred to come forward with an agreement before the opposition he faces in Congress.
“We are going to find a way to do it administratively, in case (the reform) does not pass, it will remain like this anyway,” he admitted.
The National Guard now has 110,000 operational elements and 260 barracks, López Obrador boasted, who compared them with the 40,000 elements that he says the extinct Federal Police had between the six-year term of Ernesto Zedillo (1994-2000) and Felipe Calderón (2006). -2012).
The president justified his intention to militarize the National Guard with the argument of avoiding corruption, impeding the political management of the security force and guaranteeing its permanence.
Although he will still try to reform the Constitution, the opposition in Congress announced a “constitutional moratorium” to block President López Obrador’s initiatives for the remainder of his six-year term, until 2024.
“I am going to send the agreement to the dependencies this week and I am going to restructure the Ministry of Public Security,” the president warned.
With the changes, the Secretary of Security will focus on prevention, administer prisons, grant pardons and execute the Amnesty Law.
López Obrador also announced that “on September 16 (Independence Day) the military parade will be predominantly oriented towards Public Security and the main actors will be members of the National Guard.”
This security body has been one of the main actions of the president to stop violence in Mexico, which registered 33 thousand 315 homicides in 2021 after the two most violent years in its history, under the mandate of López Obrador, with 34 thousand 690 murder victims in 2019 and 34,554 in 2020.
With information from López-Dóriga Digital and EFE