Mexico’s top electoral official is apologizing for speaking in a halting, broken Spanish that appeared to mock the nation’s indigenous population.
Electoral institute head Lorenzo Córdova says he was illegally recorded during a private conversation about a meeting in April. The recording was posted to social media sites Tuesday.
Córdova apologized for the comments, saying “I referred to one of the participants at that meeting in an unfortunate and disrespectful manner.”
Córdova said something roughly translatable as, ‘Me say, us get congressmen or me no allow elections.’
Córdova said a complaint has been filed with prosecutors over the wiretap.
About 6.5 percent of Mexico’s population speaks one of about 60 indigenous languages. Though most also speak Spanish, they sometimes have an accent or use different grammatical constructions.