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The president’s health

Leo Zuckermann, in his column on excelsior of today, states that he wants the recovery of the president’s health, despite his ideological differences with him, and despite the fact that the president favors insults and denigration over democratic dialogue with those who think differently from him.

Certainly when someone close to you gets sick, there is concern. Hopefully there is no reason to worry for those who love the president; his family, his friends, his close associates. It is important to separate personal issues from institutional ones. Beyond rumors and speculation, we hope that the situation and its outcome do not cause suffering to any of the people close to this circumstance, starting with the patient.

That said, the Presidency of the Republic and the Mexican government in general would have to be much more vocal and precise regarding the health of the president. I am not an expert in writing style tests, but the president’s tweet, where he states that he got COVID, does not read like something he wrote. The tweet is like a rumor or one more assumption. If AMLO wrote the tweet, he is not a doctor; and if he didn’t write it, we don’t know if whoever did has an accurate medical diagnosis.

Of course, there are also assumptions that place him with a heart condition, although there is information, not true in any way, that he already had a delicate condition in that system. In this sense, the tweet is childish, because he denies something but raises suspicions about the real disease. “My heart at 100” can be understood as “there is a cardiac situation”, which in any case would not be unrelated to a picture of SARS-Cov-2; that disease can affect various systems of human physiology.

Information and power vacuums are quickly filled with rumors and malicious people. That’s not weird. The strange thing is that people in the government do not have a contingency plan for this circumstance.

Article 84 of the Constitution says what has to be done in the “absolute absence” of the President of the Republic. It says nothing about how an absolute lack is defined; or how to differentiate it from a relative or partial lack. The wording of the constitutional precept in its current version is much clearer than in previous versions of the 1917 Constitution. Right there, Congress of the Union, in 1923, 2014, 2012 and 2019. However, the Mexican procedure can create a vacuum power of 60 days. The procedure of our neighbors, the Americans, is expedited. Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in for president on the same plane that carried the brain-dead Kennedy. When Reagan underwent surgery for the attack he suffered in the early 1980s, the 25th Amendment was invoked so that Vice President Bush would take control of the executive.

Absolute lack can be defined in various ways; not only through death. That is why it is important that we Mexicans know that the constitutional president of the United Mexican States is aware and fully capable of making the decisions that are his responsibility as the first president. Perhaps, the Constitution should be much more explicit regarding the information protocol that is followed so that the public knows the health of the president, to avoid rumors and power vacuums. In general, it would have to be much clearer regarding the government’s obligation to report anything that could affect the continuity of its operations.

An executive of Yucatan Diary He claimed that he saw the president fade away. Thus, that medium gave the scoop. Of course, syncope can be due to many reasons. Therefore, it is essential that there be a serious medical report, which accurately communicates to the public the diagnosis of the president, the current course of treatment and the prognosis.

This is one of those situations where institutions should be bigger than people, and there should be no discretionary decisions about what to report and when. The information would have to be available from the moment the president’s health and conscience are compromised. The information vacuum is not a problem of the president, nor of his party, nor of his collaborators; it is something systematic and omnipresent in the power crises of the Mexican State. The legislative branch would do the country a service if it better legislated the rules and protocols to be followed for Article 84 of the Constitution.

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