Peña Nieto Advised AMLO to Be Wary of Monterrey Businessmen, Book Reveals

Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto warned successor AMLO to be cautious of Monterrey businessmen, according to a new book revealing their private meetings and Peña Nieto's personal life.

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Peña Nieto Advised AMLO to Be Wary of Monterrey Businessmen, Book Reveals

Peña Nieto Advised AMLO to Be Wary of Monterrey Businessmen, Book Reveals

Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cautioned his successor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), to be cautious of businessmen from Monterrey during their final meeting at AMLO's home in Tlalpan, according to revelations in journalist Mario Maldonado's new book Confesiones desde el exilio: Enrique Peña Nieto (Confessions from Exile: Enrique Peña Nieto).

The book discloses that Peña Nieto and AMLO met at least four times, with the last encounter taking place at AMLO's residence, where Peña Nieto's wife, Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, prepared and served the meal. During this meeting, Peña Nieto told AMLO that a president's life is not glamorous and advised him to keep a distance from the business sector, especially those "who call themselves his friends from Monterrey".

Maldonado's book also reveals that Peña Nieto considered the famous singer Lucero as a potential partner to accompany him on his path to the presidency before ultimately choosing Angélica Rivera, known as La Gaviota, as his wife. The book offers an insightful look into Peña Nieto's personal and political life and the decisions that shaped his trajectory.

According to Maldonado, Peña Nieto decided to live outside of Mexico as a sign of respect for AMLO's victory and to maintain a "healthy distance" from the current government, although he plans to return to Mexico eventually. The former president was also impacted by the revelations from the trial of Genaro García Luna.

In the book, Peña Nieto discusses his relationships with other former presidents, including Carlos Salinas de Gortari and Felipe Calderón. He also reflects on critical moments of his own presidency, such as the Ayotzinapa case and the Casa Blanca scandal, which eroded his legitimacy and made him the most unpopular president in Mexico's history.

Why this matters: The revelations in Maldonado's book provide a rare glimpse into the private conversations and dynamics between former and current Mexican presidents during the transition of power. Peña Nieto's advice to AMLO regarding Monterrey businessmen highlights the complex relationships between politics and the business sector in Mexico.

Peña Nieto's decision to exile himself in Spain after leaving office in 2018 was driven by his desire to become a good "former president" and give space and respect to AMLO's administration, as he revealed in excerpts of conversations included in Maldonado's book. The former president also

Key Takeaways

  • Peña Nieto warned AMLO to be cautious of Monterrey businessmen.
  • Peña Nieto considered singer Lucero as a potential partner before choosing Angélica Rivera.
  • Peña Nieto lives in exile in Spain to maintain distance from AMLO's government.
  • Peña Nieto reflects on his unpopular presidency, including Ayotzinapa and Casa Blanca scandals.
  • Maldonado's book provides rare insights into the transition of power between Mexican presidents.