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Mexican President Denies Rumored Drinking Problem

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Felipe Calderon enjoys “a good state of health,” his private secretary said, addressing allegations by leftist lawmakers that the head of state is an alcoholic.

The president “begins his day at 6:30 in the morning; exercises for an hour each day, has private meetings and begins public activities at 8:30 in the morning, like many of you are used to doing, and always concludes around 10:00 at night,” Roberto Gil Zuarth said.

“This rhythm of activities is the best expression of his good state of health, of his physical strength and of his strength of character,” the presidential aide said.

Last Thursday, leftist members of the lower house of Congress held up a banner suggesting Calderon is a drunk. In the face of that situation and amid arguments among lawmakers, the session was suspended.

The information was spread by assorted media, among them the news radio show headed by journalist Carmen Aristegui, who on Friday asked “Does Felipe Calderon have problems with alcoholism or not? This deserves, I insist, a serious, formal and official response from the presidency of the republic.”

On Monday, media conglomerate MVS Comunicaciones announced that it fired the popular and respected Aristegui for violating ethics policy by commenting on a “rumor.”

Aristegui’s dismissal sparked a controversy in the media and on social networks, and on Wednesday she called the firing an “ominous act.”

Gil said in a message to the media that the agenda and activity of the president “is, also, clearly incompatible with the malicious stories, the rumors and even the doubts that sadly are being spread in the interest of harming the president, his family and the institution he represents and which belongs to all of us Mexicans.”

He said that “during the four years of his administration, (the president) never has missed any activity for health reasons.” EFE
 

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