Mexico has a sick president.
After President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was admitted to the Central Military Hospital last week, the president’s health was once again a relevant issue. At the hospital, a catheterization was performed, and it was officially reported that it was a scheduled procedure and that the president’s health is good, although reality again contradicts the speech. The truth is that a catheterization is not performed on a healthy heart.
In December 2013 López Obrador suffered a myocardial infarction. In addition, on two occasions he has been infected with COVID-19, and what is known so far is that some of the possible consequences of the coronavirus affect the heart. The president frequently presumes a diet that is not suitable for a person who has a history of heart disease and also suffers from hypertension. The president has also required an intervention in the nerves of the neck due to a cervical ailment, and even recently had a tear in one leg.
His physical health is not good. In addition, by carefully observing his daily expressions in the morning press conferences, full of lies and inconsistencies, it could be concluded that López Obrador also has psychological manifestations that could be undermining his mental faculties.
According to the monitoring carried out by SPIN, which is directed by Luis Estrada, today marks 917 days since President López Obrador offered to deliver his health tests, and he has not done so.
The president’s health, like many other things in this government, has been shrouded in opacity. The president himself and the federal government have confused transparency with openness, and have based their arguments for not reporting on López Obrador’s state of health on the fact that he appears every day in front of the media to offer a press conference.
However, the president and his government report only what they want to report. The exercise of transparency works exactly the other way around, since it is based on the population’s right to demand information from the authority, and on the authority’s obligation to meet the demands of society. In this, this government is totally opaque.
In reality, a president is observed with diminished physical health, so a social demand to know the true state of health of its president is neither exaggerated nor out of place. López Obrador himself put harsh pressure on his predecessor, Enrique Peña Nieto, in a June 2014 tweet, in the midst of a medical intervention that was performed on the then president: “There is a rumor that EPN is ill I neither believe it nor wish it. But it is a good outlet for his resignation due to his evident incapacity.” Anyone could substitute the name of EPN for that of AMLO, and the tweet would be fully valid.
López Obrador is not one hundred, as he and his close ones presume. His government has just under three years left, which will be intense and will require physical and psychological strength from the president. It is in no one’s interest for President López Obrador to govern with decreased physical or mental health, or with both.
Reports on the president’s health should be natural, common and frequent. Hiding the state of health of those who govern only leads to the suspicion that something delicate is being kept in reserve. Society deserves to know the truth, and if the president is not in a position to govern, out of responsibility he must resign.