Politics 18-08-2020

López Obrador asks for cancellation of Odebrecht millionaire contract

A millionaire contract for the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in Mexico must be canceled due to corruption.

The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, requested it. The Mexican president calls for the cancellation of a millionaire contract between the state oil company Pemex and the consortium led by the Brazilian Odebrecht. Andrés Manuel López Obrador believes that the ethane supply contract, signed during the presidency of Felipe Calderón, is abusive and has caused millions in losses.

The 20-year agreement obliges the oil company to import gas to comply with its provisions at the Ethylene XXI plant, located in the state of Veracruz, in the Gulf of Mexico. The matter appeared in the open case for corruption against the former head of Pemex , Emilio Lozoya. Responding to justice, Lozoya also denounced former President Enrique Peña Nieto for leading a criminal plot and bribing politicians with Odebrecht money.

Previously, López Obrador had stated that both former presidents Peña Nieto and Calderón should appear in court. The Attorney General's Office of Mexico investigates multiple complaints and cases involving serious irregularities at the highest levels of political power in Mexico. Most of these cases are related to Odebrecht, which financed electoral campaigns, bought political wills and thereby obtained privileged contracts not only in Mexico, but in several Latin American countries.

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