Mexican President Faces Hard Questions Over Videos of His Brother

Joseph B. Hash

MEXICO CITY—Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has produced his political bones fighting corruption, observed himself denying corruption allegations on Friday immediately after two movies emerged showing his young brother accepting an envelope and a brown paper bag stuffed entire of funds in 2015 for the president’s political motion.

The launch of the movies arrives just a day immediately after graft allegations versus a few previous presidents rocked Mexico’s political class. The considerable particulars on alleged bribes and corruption produced to prosecutors by Emilio Lozoya, the previous main of state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos, appeared to give a boost to Mr. López Obrador’s political fortunes.

But the newest movies, and an accompanying audio recording, could verify to be at minimum a momentary reversal of fortune for the president. The leftist nationalist vowed to conclusion Mexico’s deep-seated corruption and rode a wave of well known disgust with the prior government to ability in 2018.

On Friday, the president mentioned that he regarded as the broadcast of the movies to be a reaction from his political foes to the leak of Mr. Lozoya’s grievance to neighborhood media. The dollars handed to his brother ended up “contributions” of about $90,000 to support spend his fledgling political movement’s operating charges, Mr. López Obrador included.

Mr. López Obrador mentioned the movies ought to be handed to federal prosecutors to investigate, and that his brother and the male he was proven assembly ought to be identified as to response inquiries.

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