What Happened: Members of the Mexican dissident oil workers' union Gran Alianza Nacional Petrolera have presented a criminal complaint against Sen. Carlos Romero Deschamps, head of the main oil workers' union of Petroleos Mexicanos, better known as Pemex, Polemon reported Feb. 3. The workers claim that Romero Deschamps is involved in fuel theft from the company.
Why It Matters: The development highlights the Mexican government's attempts to use the dissident union to remove Romero Deschamps from his position in Pemex's union leadership.
Background: The government of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has prioritized the prosecution of Romero Deschamps, who has been accused of corruption for more than two decades. Romero Deschamps is a prominent figure of Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party and a rival of Lopez Obrador's National Regeneration Movement.
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