Mexico’s Minister of the Interior declares that “a member of the military can be president”

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“All citizens who meet the requirements to participate, including the military, can compete, for the presidential candidacy. There is something called electoral legislation”, assured the Secretary of the Interior, Adán Augusto López Hernández, during his speech in the local Congress of Hidalgo.

“Of course, a military man can participate in political tasks and have political aspirations, even being president, but he must submit to the polls,” said Adán Agusto López, recalling that there have been military leaders, as Lázaro Cárdenas and Manuel Ávila Camacho were .

López Hernández also attacked the PRD and PAN deputies from Hidalgo who warned they would vote against the reform to expand the presence of the Army in the streets.

In the midst of boos from the public that gathered at the local Congress of this entity, where the secretary attended; the legislators of the PRD Miguel Ángel Martínez Gómez and the PAN Rodrigo Castillo Martínez, warned that they will vote against the reform, which generated a boo from the attendees.

The PRD member said that his training as a social fighter prevents him from voting in favor and pointed to the cases where the Army has participated, such as Aguas Blancas, Ayotzinapa and El Charco Guerrero, before warning that militarization will not help public security, since we have to go to the roots and build comprehensive policies with a social vision.

Source: SIPSE