Under Reserve: The governor’s “healthy health”

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Governor of western Mexican state of Nayarit, Roberto Sandoval - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
06/04/2017
11:24
Mexico City
OPINION: UNDER RESERVE
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The governor’s “healthy health”
The current governor of western Mexican state of Nayarit, Roberto Sandoval, posted a video on his Facebook account yesterday, where he declared that “Thank God, I have a healthy health”. The video was recorded in the state capital city of Tepic and aims to silence persistent rumors that claim he suffered a heart attack last week. Sandoval assures that has not been permitted to appear in public due to the present electoral silence. We can see that the governor enjoys of a very “healthy health” indeed after the world closed in on him last week when his Attorney General, Edgar Veytia, was arrested for drug trafficking charges in the U.S.

Barbosa’s new job
The role of senator Miguel Barbosa to support the presidential run of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in 2018, is little by little being made clear. We are told that the senator, who was affiliated with the Revolutionary Democratic Party (PRD) only three days ago, will be part of the legal team of Delfina Gómez Álvarez, gubernatorial candidate for State of Mexico. Gómez Álvarez approves of Barbosa’s legal support as one of the possible scenarios in this tight electoral race is to have the governorship decided in court rather than in the ballots. For all we know, Barbosa may seek Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s support should he decide to run for the governorship of his native state of Puebla in the future.

When the wallet comes before the Law

Economic resources and seats in the Senate come before the legislative agenda, at least this was the impression some senators got with the arrival of the coordinator of the Labor Party (PT) in the senate, Manuel Bartlett, yesterday to the Political Coordination Board.

Senator Bartlett’s caucus increased from seven to sixteen congressmen from day to day, after nine former senators from the Revolutionary Democratic Party (PRD) joined the Labor Party (PT)- National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) coalition. We are told Mr. Bartlett requested the reallocation of seats in the Senate board and corresponding commissions, as well as reassignment of advisers, support staff and premises such as the Belisario Domínguez Institute and the Heberto Castillo Hall, where the PRD hold its internal meetings.

And as of the legislative agenda? Well, that can worth the wait.

Halt on Sojo exposed

Some senators seemed to very pleased as they claim to have put a halt to former head of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Eduardo Sojo, as well as to the groups and congressmen that seeked to prevent the plenum of the Senate to vote president Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposal for Paloma Merodio to become the second in charge of the institute,

We are told that the plenum will vote today and it seems that the president’s proposal will be ratified, achieving two main things: that Ms. Merodio becomes the vice president of the institute and to send a strong message to all agencies: government institutions are not owned by anyone.

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