Former Mexican presidential opponents flee the country


Mexico City (AP) — Former presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya, one of the unsuccessful applicants to Mexico’s top office in the 2018 elections, argued that the accusations against him were a political motive. Escaped the country.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador denied on Monday that the government was persecuting Anaya. The president said he was charged with charges by former officials that legislators like Anaya were rewarded for voting for the country’s energy overhaul in 2013 and 2014.

Former House of Representatives Anaya, a conservative National Action Party presidential candidate, said she would leave Mexico in a video posted on social media over the weekend. He didn’t say where he was going, but said he was afraid of being imprisoned for 30 years on suspicion.

“In the days of dictators like Lopez Obrador, asylum is the only option to continue the fight. Allowing a dictator to be imprisoned often means losing the fight.”

Anaya has been criticized for her long stay in the United States in the past. He was apparently touring Mexico recently to ignite another election for the 2024 presidential election.

Lopez Obrador didn’t like Anaya very much. The two sparred angry during the 2018 election debate, and Lopez Obrador dubbed Anaya with a nickname meaning “little rich child.” But on Monday, the president denied the indictment was political revenge and called it “a lie, a falsehood.”

However, many Mexicans have been allowed to stay out of prison on suspicion of corruption because former officials who accused Anaya and others of receiving bribes agreed to work with the prosecutor. I have expressed concern. Some fear that Emilio Lozoya, the former chief of state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, may avoid prosecution in exchange for desecrating the president’s opponents.

Lozoya accepted the bribe, but said he was ordered to commit a crime during President Enrique Peña Nieto’s 2012-2018 administration.