Mexico City.- Another former Opposition governor will occupy a federal position.
Antonio Echevarría, former governor of Nayarit, was ratified by the Senate as an independent advisor to the Board of Directors of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).
At the proposal of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Senate Plenary ratified the former alliance member with 64 votes in favor and 27 against.
On November 14, López Obrador exercised his legal power and sent to the Senate the appointment of Echevarría, who will hold office until 2027.
Prior to the vote, the senator of the Plural Group, Emilio Álvarez Icaza, accused that Echevarría’s ratification sends the message that Opposition governors “give up the position” and then are rewarded with positions by the federal government.
“We have insisted that it cannot be that governors end up in electoral processes by handing over the position and then receiving a prize from the federal government,” he stated.
“There is a group of former governors who are ambassadors, consuls, (…) we cannot reward dedication, we cannot reward disloyalty, but we cannot send an early message for the next electoral process.”
“I do not want to send a mixed message that we want to build a future horizon and we reward those who do not assume a leadership project in the defense of their project and their government, I do not ask, I do not want the electoral law to be violated, yes we want democratic behaviors”.
Before the Plenary Session, Álvarez Icaza added that it also shows a profound inconsistency, since the Government asks the states not to get involved, but he “even gets involved in the kitchen.”
In response, Senator Ricardo Monreal said that it is unacceptable for it to be said that a governor is rewarded or “stimulated” for having “delivered the position.”
“The behavior of the former governor of Nayarit, Toño Echevarría, was democratic; contrary to what the senator maintains, I maintain that what he did was respect the popular will,” he expressed.
“It is not accurate to say that today Toño Echevarría, for having allowed people to express themselves and not intervening illegally, is wanted to be punished by this assembly.”
AMLO has appointed former PRI state leaders as members of the diplomatic corps, after handing over the position to Morena militants.
Omar Fayad, former governor of Hidalgo, ambassador to Norway; Quirino Ordaz, from Sinaloa, ambassador to Spain; Claudia Pavlovich, from Sonora, consul in Barcelona; Miguel Aysa, from Campeche, ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
The Board of Directors of the CFE has the responsibility of defining the policies, guidelines and strategic vision of the State’s productive company.
In addition, he supervises the Audit, Human Resources and Remuneration, Strategy and Investment Committees, as well as Acquisitions, Leases, Works and Services.
The body has four independent directors appointed by the federal Executive and ratified by the Senate for a period of 5 years.