José Luis Abarca and María Pineda Villa, both sporting AMLO shirts, May 12, 2012
While Mexican prosecutors scour the countryside for the former mayor of Iguala, Guerrero and his wife, a 2012 campaign photo of two time presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador with the most loathed couple in the nation is causing more than a little grief for fellow leftist politicians across the country.
The government has accused mayor José Luis Abarca Velázquez and his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, of setting in motion events which resulted in the kidnapping and presumed execution of 43 college students on Sept. 26. Their bodies still have not been found. Mexican A.G.: "Mary of the Angels" and her husband were "brains" behind Iguala executions, kidnappings.
Abarca and Pineda Villa were members of the left wing Democratic Revolution Party, which controls Guerrero state politics. Local PRD delegates expelled him earlier this month. The couple fled Iguala on Sept. 30, and have not surfaced since. Federal warrants were issued for their arrest last week.
López Obrador was PRD's presidential candidate in 2006 and 2012. After his second defeat at the polls two years ago he formed the ultra Left National Regeneration Movement (MORENA). López Obrador, who has frequently railed at endemic corruption within Mexico's mainstream political parties - including the center right National Action Party (PAN), the center left Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of president Enrique Peña Nieto and PRD itself - plans to run for president again in 2018.
This week the perennial candidate insisted he does not know Abarca or Pineda Villa. "I'm constantly traveling about the country, getting my picture taken with the whole world, with whomever requests a photo. I know a lot of people, but I don't know Mr. Abarca. I have no recollection of getting together with him (in 2012)," said López Obrador. "When a leftist politician goes down the wrong road, I get away from him."
Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam has said López Obrador is not under investigation for possible links to Abraca and Pineda Villa. But today the fiery politician posted an open letter to the A.G., reminding him that his own complaint against president Enrique Peña Nieto for "treason" has been pending since Feb. 5. In that complaint AMLO called Mexico's federal Procuraduría an agent "in the service of the power mafia."
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