UNDER RESERVE: Presidential candidate unveiling in August

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15/06/2017
09:29
Mexico City
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Presidential candidate unveiling in August

We are told that the month of August will be crucial for the unveiling of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate to the Presidency of the Republic. But don't you get confused, in different meetings of the party headed by Enrique Ochoa Reza, it has been made clear that the election of the candidate for 2018 will come from the hand and exclusive privilege of the chief executive, Enrique Peña Nieto. We are explained that regardless of the rules and processes established by the 21st PRI assembly, the main elector will be the president and the gateway for the candidates is at Los Pinos official residence. In order to fight any disadvantage to the positioning of political rivals, we are told that the decision has been made that the unveiling must be done after the party's assembly, before the end of August.

Monreal and PAN close “just in case”

"Just in case", the coordinator of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) in the Legislature of Mexico City, Jorge Romero, had a friendly meal with the delegate in Cuauhtémoc, the hitherto supporter of far-left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), Ricardo Monreal. The circumstances could end up in a broad front supporting the candidacy of Mr. Ricardo to the Government of the capital if he doesn't turn out to be chosen by Andrés Manuel López Obrador as the aspirant of MORENA to head of Government. We are told that to the eyes of Mexico City's left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and some other parties, such as the Green Party, there's nothing wrong with the idea of pushing Monreal to fight MORENA for the government of the city. In addition, we are told that in conservative National Action Party (PAN), their natural candidate, the delegate in Miguel Hidalgo, Xóchitl Gálvez, does not bring all the support of her party, so it would not be preposterous that PAN could attach to the front that drives Monreal. So the Spanish food that Mr. Jorge and Mr. Ricardo shared yesterday, which we are told, get together often, is a way of staying close just in case.

Narro, 90 miles away from Videgaray, Osorio and Meade

Yesterday we made public that three diplomats with presidential potential, Luis Videgaray, Jose Antonio Meade and Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, would be together in Miami, where the governments of The United States and Mexico co-sponsor the Conference on Prosperity of Central America. Now we are assured that another aspirant is not far behind, because 90 miles away, on the island of Cuba, Secretary of Health, Jose Narro, will be making a working visit where he will address several topics on health and science with his Cuban counterparts.

AMLO, The writer

In less than two years, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has written three of the 16 books he has. The national leader of far-left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) announced that he will release “Oye Trump” (Hey Trump), his sixteenth book, in which he will talk about his tours through US soil, and explain the actions of MORENA in support of migrants in The United States. The man from Tabasco, Mexico, does not seem to be stopping anytime soon, since last January 30 he presented his last book “2018 La Salida. Decadencia y Renacimiento de México” (2018 The Exit. Decadence and Rebirth of Mexico). But before, in early 2016, he released a publication about a Mexican revolutionary: “Catarino Erasmo Garza Rodríguez ¿Revolucionario o Bandido? (Catarino Erasmo Garza Rodríguez. Revolutionary or bandit?, so anyone who doubts Mr. Andrés' health try to keep up as he won't stop campaigning across the country, and in his spare time, he still has enough energy to put his pen to work.

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