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New superior auditor for Mexico PRI David Rogelio Colmenares Páramo

Mexico City, Mexico — A new auditor for Mexico has been announced following a ballot vote in the Chamber of Deputies.

The Chamber of Deputies have elected PRI David Rogelio Colmenares Páramo as the new Superior Auditor of the Federation for the period 2018-2026. The position has been pending for more than two months since the end of the last auditor, Juan Manuel Portal Martínez, however, many say the vote was done without a consensus.

On December 7, the Surveillance Committee of the Chamber of Deputies unanimously elected a list of three finalists from 41 participants consisting of Salim Arturo Orci Magaña, David Rogelio Colmenares Páramo and Ángel José Trinidad Saldívar.

On December 12, the National Action Party (PAN) withdrew from the list and the ruling could not be presented for voting. On December 15, the regular session ended without a Superior Auditor.

Thursday, the new auditor was elected by secret ballot where a total of 377 votes were cast in favor of David Colmenares Páramo, five votes for Salim Arturo Orci Magaña and zero votes for Ángel José Trinidad Saldívar. There were a total of 64 null votes.

Members of the PAN party made demands on the new auditor, “Demanding professionalism, demanding that he immediately start working for the benefit of Mexicans and the causes they are pursuing,” said deputy Marko Cortés, PAN coordinator.

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) congratulated itself since the vote exceeded the necessary majority vote to win.

“The number of votes renews the vocation that this House has to build common objectives, particularly for Mexico and on important issues such as transparency, accountability and the fight against corruption,” added deputy Carlos Iriarte, coordinator of the PRI.

However, PRD deputy Guadalupe Acosta regretted that the majority of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, Green Ecologist, New Alliance and those who joined, at least in this vote, including the deputies of the National Regeneration Movement, applaud an elected auditor without full consensus.

“It seems to me that it is absolutely inadequate, that in the midst of the situation in the country and of this unfortunate circumstance that we are living in acts of corruption. In this issue we have avoided discussing the appointment of who is going to be the head of a position so important,” Acosta Naranjo warned.

David Rogelio Colmenares Páramo is a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

When questioned as to whether he will hear cases of corruption and if he will see complaints filed with the judicial authority result in sanctions, Colmenares Páramo said that he has to review these matters.

“Look, I have to review, I have to review and when there are pending issues or corruption cases will have to be noted,” he added.

When asked whether the ASF will act without regard to political signs or partisan affiliations, he merely responded with a “of course”.