26 | ABR | 2019

Morena deals a hard blow to the PRD in Mexico City

Johana Robles
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The party founded by Andrés Manuel López Obrador will rule in Cuauhtémoc, Tlalpan, Xochimilco, Tláhuac and Azcapotzalco districts.

In its debut Morena, a leftist party founded by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, dealt a hard blow to the hegemony of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) in Mexico City. It will manage more than 8.13 billion pesos (US$522.5 million dollars), which is the budget allocated to the five delegations where it will rule over 2.3 million inhabitants. 

Cuauhtémoc district is the country's fifth economy, represents 21% of Mexico City's GDP and has the highest occupancy rate: 18.6%. It is also seat of the religious and political authorities at national and local level, the Historical Downtown and the economic and financial corridor on Paseo de la Reforma. 

It will also rule in Tlalpan, Xochimilco and Tláhuac, which are considered rural, apart from Azcapotzalco, that still retains some industries. 

Six districts for the PRD 

The Aztec sun received a setback at the polls; however, it retained control in six districts with a total budget of 13.55 billion pesos (US$870.2 million) and a population of 5.9 million people. 

According to the Preliminary Electoral Results Program (PREP) the PRD will rule in three of the most populous districts: Iztapalapa, Gustavo A. Madero and Álvaro Obregón, with a combined population of 3.7 million inhabitants, apart from Venustiano Carranza, Iztacalco and Coyoacán. 


The ruling party, in alliance with the Green Party (PVEM), will rule in Cuajimalpa, Milpa Alta and Magdalena Contreras, with a total annual budget of 2.69 billion pesos (US$173.3 million) and over half a million inhabitants. 

Cuajimalpa is the seat of Santa Fe business hub and expensive residential areas like Vista Hermosa and Bosques de las Lomas. 

The PRI snatched two districts from the PRD: Magdalena Contreras and Milpa Alta. 

Finally, the National Action Party (PAN) retained power in Benito Juárez, and recovered Miguel Hidalgo, with a combined budget of 3.07 billion pesos (US$197.5 million).


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