National: AMLO Announces Extra 50 Billion Pesos for National Guard


On July 25th during a tour of Veracruz, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador inaugurated a National Guard (NG) barracks in the city of Xalapa and announced an “additional budget” of 50 billion pesos to help to the consolidation of this federal body. He added that there will be a reform to the constitution so that the NG becomes part of the structure of the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA). He reported that the goal is for it to be consolidated in two years, that is, in 2023, one year after the end of its constitutional mandate. He added that “housing units will also be built for the families of the members of the National Guard.”

When questioned about this decision, AMLO assured that the soldiers in Mexico are also “people”“The soldier is a uniformed person. If the Army and the Navy committed excesses in other times, it was because the civil authority ordered them from above. It should not be forgotten that the President is the supreme commander of the armed forces, but today it is no longer the same, it has already changed”, he said. “They are helping us a lot with everything that is the vaccination plan; they help us by cleaning the beaches of the Caribbean from sargassum; the military engineers help us in the construction of the barracks, in the construction of the welfare banks, in the construction of the new airport, Felipe Angeles, they help us in the construction of the Maya Train, of the entire integral development of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec … They help us in many tasks”, he also asserted.

For more information in Spanish:

AMLO justifica incremento millonario a la GN: “Nos están ayudando muchísimo”; niega militarización (Proceso, 26 de julio de 2021)

A la Guardia Nacional, $50 mil millones más: AMLO (La Jornada, 26 de julio de 2021)

AMLO anuncia presupuesto adicional de 50 mil mdp para la Guardia Nacional(Proceso, 25 de julio de 2021)

AMLO anuncia 50,000 mdp adicionales para la Guardia Nacional (El Financiero, 25 de julio de 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: National Guard without Civilians or Police (August 22, 2020)

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