AMLO seeks to dispel ‘malicious rumors’ about Attorney General’s health

President Lopez Obrador on Monday tried to dispel rumors that Attorney General Alejandro Guertz Manero is suffering from cancer, a rumor that has been circulated in recent weeks by several journalists and individuals on social media. .

Speculation about Gertz Manero’s health was sparked by his absence. north american summitwas held in Mexico City from January 9 to 11.

Initially, Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard scheduled that federal prosecutors had prior commitments and that their U.S. counterpart, Attorney General Merrick Garland, would attend the president’s “three amigos” meeting. I was not notified in sufficient time to change the . From USA, Canada and Mexico.

But shortly afterward, El Financiero columnist Darío Celis reported that Gertz Manero was in emergency care at a US oncology center, was admitted in December, and is still in the hospital.

The columnist claimed that Gertz Manero was suffering from pancreatic cancer, and said, “There is concern that the tumor is spreading.”

The president confirmed that federal prosecutors had back surgery in the United States, but denied officials were suffering from pancreatic cancer.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland (left) and Canadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino met in Mexico during their visit to the summit. Normally Gertz Manero would have met with his counterparts in Mexico and Canada. (Photo: U.S. Department of Justice)

“He underwent back, spine surgery…” Lopez Obrador said at a news conference Monday morning. “…so he’s home, he’s fine, he’s recovering. He’s working too, and we wish him all the best.”

“Fortunately, according to my information, it’s not cancer,” the president said.

There was even speculation on social media that Gerds Manero died during surgery, but the fact was quickly disproved by journalists. Prosecutors confirmed he was recovering at home.

“There’s been a lot of speculation about this and a very miserable attitude because I saw a tweet and a lot of people want him dead. We cannot hope,” said the president.

A forged official letter also circulated over the weekend that appears to indicate that the president has begun considering a replacement for the attorney general.

Rumors spread so widely that an Internet user edited the Attorney General’s Wikipedia page to say he had died.

In Gertz Manero’s absence, he is represented by Juan Ramos López, head of the Federal Crimes Division in the Office of the Federal Attorney General (FGR). Gertz Manero has long entrusted Ramos Lopez with politically sensitive and impactful cases.

in a report from El Pais When El Financiero AMLO seeks to dispel ‘malicious rumors’ about Attorney General’s health

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