Mexico’s high navy brass supply president public loyalty pledge

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MEXICO CITY (Information) – Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador obtained a pledge of loyalty from high navy chiefs on Wednesday, three weeks after a report of a important speech from a military common raised fears of dissent among the many higher echelons of the nation’s armed forces.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador appears to be like on as he attends a navy parade in celebration of the 109th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution at Zocalo Sq. in Mexico Metropolis, Mexico November 20, 2019. Information/Edgard Garrido

The navy’s public present of help for Lopez Obrador comes amid heightened concern from Latin America’s left in regards to the function that strain from the armed forces performed within the resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales ten days in the past.

“We help your authorities’s undertaking with loyalty, professionalism and honesty. We’re loyal and have profound respect for the presidential establishment you signify,” Luis Cresencio Sandoval, the pinnacle of the military and Lopez Obrador’s hand-picked protection secretary, mentioned at an occasion commemorating Mexico’s 1910-1920 revolution.

Lopez Obrador took workplace late final yr pledging to pacify the nation with a safety coverage that deemphasizes armed confrontation, following years of military-led offensives towards highly effective drug cartels.

Late final month, Lopez Obrador denied there was widespread discontent inside the navy ranks after being requested a few speech by a military common to different high brass that reportedly blamed the president for polarizing the nation and offending navy management.

Lopez Obrador’s authorities was rocked when cartel gunmen laid siege to the town of Culiacan on Oct. 17, forcing outmatched troopers to launch a son of jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman after he was briefly detained.

The incident marked the largest problem to the president’s safety technique to date and provoked wide-spread criticism of the navy’s capitulation to Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel, which was ordered by Lopez Obrador’s safety cupboard.

“Immediately’s Mexico worries us… As Mexicans, we really feel disrespected and as troopers we’re offended,” mentioned Basic Carlos Gaytan, a veteran commander who has served in a number of high-profile posts, based on the transcript of an Oct. 22 speech printed by newspaper La Jornada.

Gaytan has not commented on the report.

Morales stepped down in Bolivia earlier this month underneath strain from protesters, civil teams, safety forces and allies, in addition to a global audit that discovered irregularities in an election rely and solid doubt on his introduced outright victory.

Mexico has since granted Morales political asylum.

“Allow us to at all times keep in mind that we’re women and men on the nation’s service. At all times loyal to Mexico’s president, who’s the supreme commander of the armed forces, at all times loyal to Mr. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and to the individuals of Mexico and their democratically expressed will,” mentioned Jose Rafael Ojeda, the pinnacle of Mexico’s navy.

Reporting by Abraham Gonzalez; Writing by Anthony Esposito; Enhancing by Rosalba O’Brien