Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, former Secretary of Communications and Transport, last six month died on Wednesday.
Former President Enrique Peña Nieto, with whom Ruíz Esparza collaborated, lamented the death of the 70-year-old politician.
On March 30, it was reported that the former functioner was hospitalized in Mexico City after suffering a stroke.
I deeply regret the passing of my friend and ex-teacher, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, a great human being and public servant of excellence; responsible for major infrastructure projects throughout Mexico. My deepest condolences and solidarity embrace of your family and friends. QEPD
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) April 1, 2020
Ruiz Esparza was head of the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) throughout the six-month period of Peña Nieto (2012-2018).
Among his controversial actions were irregularities in the construction of the Cuernavaca Express Pass, in which a undercavon was opened in which two people died when their car fell.
It was also related to acts of corruption between the Mexican government and the company OHL Mexico which it would have benefited from million-dollar contracts.
During his tenure as holder of the SCT, Ruiz Esparza was in charge of managing, controlling and operating the means of transport «land, air, maritime», federal roads and roads, port and support administrations to the merchant navy, radio space, telecommunications and satellites, post offices and telegraphs.
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Even if you do not get used to a crib, you are considered part of the Atlacomulco group. He worked with Alfredo del Mazo González as an advisor and undersecretary of government (1981-1987); he also coordinated the campaign in which the second Alfredo of the dynasty unsuccessfully sought to rule Mexico City.
During Peña Nieto’s tenure as governor of Edomex, Ruiz operated road projects that were publicly questioned. Corruption was talked about, but like Luis Videgaray, it seemed essential for Peña Nieto, as well as regularly accompanying him on his tours abroad, and for the presidential campaign he designed his 266 commitments, those he signed to a notary public.
With information from Newsweek Mexico.
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