The Mayor of Oxchuc is removed and new municipal council elected

A protest sign in Oxchuc political conflict in which the Spanish words read: “Peace and Justice Social Movement María Gloria Sanchez OUT!!!”

By: Isaín Mandujano

TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ, Chiapas (proceso.com.mx) – The State Congress took away her constitutional protection (immunity from prosecution) and removed María Gloria Sánchez Gómez from her elected position as mayor of Oxchuc, and also removed her entire county council; therefore, by means of a plebiscite the traditional authorities of that municipality today elected three men and three women to form the new municipal government council. 

On Sunday afternoon, the Permanent Commission of the State Congress swore in the new Oxchuc municipal council made up of Petrona Sántiz Gómez, Soila López Gómez, Lilia Gómez López, Juan Sántiz Rodríguez, Manuel Gómez Rodríguez and Oscar Gómez López.

Last Friday, the Attorney General of the State of Chiapas (FGE, its initials in Spanish) asked the state Congress to remove the legal immunity from prosecution from the mayor and municipal council so that she can be investigated and called in to give a statement about the ambush that her adversaries suffered on last January 23, when they were attacked with firearms and three of them died. [1] Seventeen people were also injured in that armed attack.

Four days after that ambush, the FGE arrested Amílcar “N”, César “N” and Mario “N”, accused of being implicated in the crimes of homicide, attempted homicide, attacks against the peace and bodily and patrimonial integrity of the collectivity of the State. They were linked to the mayor and that was why the FGE asked the Congress to remove the legal protection from María Gloria Sánchez so that she could be called upon to give her statement about those violent incidents.

The Permanent Commission was erected as a jury of origin and approved to remove legal protection from the mayor after listening to her in a hearing.

The two local deputies, Santiago López and Fidel Álvarez, traveled to Oxchuc to be witnesses to the vote where, with the staff of command in hand, around 100 of the 115 communities, decided to elect their new authorities.

Through the process of uses and customs they elected Petrona Sántiz Gómez, Soila López Gómez, Lilia Gómez López, Juan Sántiz Rodríguez, Manuel Gómez Rodríguez and Oscar Gómez López as members of the new municipal council.

There are still eight months left of María Gloria Sánchez Gómez’s term of office, but she has not been able to govern from the municipal capital since 2015 when she was elected. [2] It is rumored that the now former mayor will go to court to challenge this process of removing her immunity from prosecution.

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[1] For more on the armed attack, see: https://chiapas-support.org/2018/01/30/3-dead-in-oxchuc-chiapas-violence/

[2] That conflict turned deadly violent early in 2016. For more information, see: https://chiapas-support.org/2016/01/13/66-police-injured-in-oxchuc-chiapas-confrontation/

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Originally Published in Spanish by Proceso

Sunday, February 18, 2017

http://www.proceso.com.mx/523066/desafueran-y-destituyen-alcaldesa-de-oxchuc-gobernara-consejo-municipal

Re-Published with English Interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

 

 

 

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