Crime & Justice

Mexican opposition turns López Obrador controversy into Lego figure

Mexico City, Mar 29 (EFE).- A senator from Mexico’s opposition National Action Party (PAN) on Tuesday brought to the Senate a Lego replica of the so-called “Grey House,” the controversial house of President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador’s son in Houston, Texas.

Xóchitl Gálvez, accompanied by senators from the party’s parliamentary group, demanded that the issue that she described as a “possible conflict of interest,” not go unpunished as “a timely response has not been given on the matter.”

Scandal struck López Obrador’s eldest son two months ago when Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI), a group that investigates political corruption, and well-known journalist Carlos Loret de Mola’s news media outlet Latinus revealed that, in 2019, the president’s son lived in Houston in the home of a Baker Hughes Co. executive, who extended a contract with state oil firm Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) that year.

Both Lopez Obrador and Pemex denied any link between the state-owned company and the son. “Nor with any company linked to the government, the matter is not a conflict of interest,” the president said at the time.

At a press conference Tuesday, the senator said: “I know that this government does not like to talk about the things that make it uncomfortable, or rather it does not like to be questioned, that it be required to be transparent and accountable.”

“The government has tried to downplay it, it has sought that it is forgotten. They have not taken governing seriously. They take it like a game, so I bring them a game to see if they like it,” she said.

In addition, Gálvez said that the toy represents how “The Fourth Transformation” – López Obrador’s 2018 campaign promise to do away with privileged abuses that have plagued Mexico in recent decades – has “armed” an “unpunished, opaque and corrupt” government.

“This house represents the privileges that never ended and that they criticized so much. With this toy we want to remind you today that, if you want to demolish what is a reality, we are going to rebuild it here,” the senator concluded. EFE


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