UNDER RESERVE: Presidential catwalk in Miami

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Luis Videgaray, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong and José Antonio Meade - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
14/06/2017
10:03
Mexico City
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Presidential catwalk in Miami

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray; Interior, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong and Finance, José Antonio Meade, are joining the Central American Conference for the Prosperity of Central America, scheduled for this week in the city of Miami on the subject of migration, and sponsored by The United States Government. Since the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto began, this co-sponsorship has been held, as it's seen as a sign that Washington acknowledges there is a problem that must be addressed in the area of migration with the countries of the Northern Triangle - Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras - and that, without working together with Mexico, there would be no viable solution to this phenomenon. The fact is that the three ministers, all with presidential potential, will be together in the city of Florida. Is it some kind of catwalk?

Who's behind Fox?

Former President Vicente Fox has been very active, whether to fight US President Donald Trump or the head of the Venezuelan government, Nicolás Maduro. Who is behind the Guanajuato-born-and-raised former president and who finances his activities? The answer may be donors and those who hire the services of his organization, the Fox Center. On the route of the confrontation, Mr. Vicente is launching a new attack against the Maduro regime: he will reappear in Mexico City on Friday next to former Presidents Andrés Pastrana of Colombia; Jorge Tuto Quiroga, of Bolivia, and Miguel Ángel Rodríguez of Costa Rica, with the purpose of denouncing the repression against the Venezuelan opponents. We are told that there will also be Misty Capriles de Ledezma, wife of Antonio José Ledezma, former mayor of Caracas and currently imprisoned. The ex-leaders are going to give a fight, or so we are told.

Sandoval under the spotlight

The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) leadership, headed by Enrique Ochoa Reza, is not very satisfied with the election results of June 4. They tell us that, while their candidates managed to keep the governments of the State of México and Coahuila, the problem was the election in Nayarit, where the party was literally swept away by Antonio Exchevarría García, candidate of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) coalition. The annoyance of PRI is not with their candidate, licensed Senator Manuel Cota, but with the still Governor Roberto Sandoval and his ex-prosecutor Édgar Veytia, investigated in the United States by links with the drug traffic. We are told that soon PRI militants will demand accountability to Sandoval, who has been pretending nothing happens.

Senators and their sense of urgency

Coordinators of the Senate's parliamentary groups, Fernando Herrera of conservative National Action Party (PAN), Emilio Gamboa of ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Manuel Bartlett of the Labor Party (PT), Dolores Padierna of left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and Carlos Alberto Puente Salas of the Green Party (PVEM) will meet on Thursday to discuss different issues. However, we are told, none of them has to do with scheduling an extraordinary session they all seem to agree on. So far June has gone, and there's no extra time for urgent matters such as the appointment of the Attorney General of the Republic, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, the Internal Security Act and the Police Command. Every day it becomes clearer that all these points will be addressed, but until the next ordinary session, which begins in September. But then again, who said it was urgent?

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