Latin America

As Mexico’s opposition mired in scandal, AMLO eyes an opportunity

Statements from the former CEO of oil giant Pemex implicates scores of opposition politicians in sweeping bribery scandal

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Pump in Tampico, Mexico. Photo: Hayden Dunsel/Shutterstock

A growing scandal within Mexico’s state-owned oil company Pemex (Petroleos Mexicanos) is swallowing up key opposition political figures and could be a blessing in disguise for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Emilio Lozoya, former chief executive of the oil giant that represents 6.6 percent of Mexico’s GDP, issued a declaration to the attorney general’s office that implicates three former presidents in a sprawling bribery scheme, along with a slew of other important political figures.

Arrested in Spain in January and extradited to Mexico as a protected witness, Mr. Lozoya is accused of receiving USD 10.5 million in bribes from...

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