Mexico completely dismantled CONASUPO
, the state-trading agency
30) more per MT than those paid by CONASUPO
in its final year of existence, they are still 15% lower in real terms than prices paid two years ago, the report said.
Jose Luis Canas Lopez, who heads the CONASUPO unit of the FSTSE, called the administration's cutbacks "arbitrary and unconstitutional.
The PRD and other opposition parties have also questioned the administration's reduction of government expenditures on CONASUPO while allocating 35 billion pesos (US$3.
But opposition legislators, including Deputy Alfonso Raya of the center-left Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD), contend this merely transfers CONASUPO subsidies to more visible programs like Procampo, Progresa, and Aserca, which would boost the advantage of the governing Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) during the 2000 presidential election.
Other critics agree the CONASUPO layoffs are the first step in a government plan to eliminate the agency altogether.
Critics argue that the CONASUPO reduction in effect forces the poorest segments of society to pay to rescue wealthy bankers and business owners.
Our law allows CONASUPO investments to be placed only in government instruments," said the report.
Raul Salinas de Gortari a major perpetrator The report confirmed that Raul Salinas de Gortari, brother of the former president, was one of the principal perpetrators in the CONASUPO fraud.
The report said that Raul Salinas used his position as director of planning for CONASUPO to gain control of one of the agency's milling plants in Atlacomulco, Mexico state.
The commission detected other irregularities with CONASUPO operations, such as the improper payment of 15.
Furthermore, the PGR said, Salinas was still bitter at Ruiz Massieu because of a power struggle regarding operations of the state-run foodstuffs company CONASUPO
in Guerrero state.