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AMLO and Zepeda's secret meeting

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Juan Zepeda – Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
30/06/2017
16:13
Mexico City
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AMLO and Zepeda's secret meeting

Two days before the second debate of candidates to the government of the State of Mexico, the leader of far- left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), and the candidate from the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), Juan Zepeda, held an ultra-secret meeting. On May 7, Andrés Manuel asked Zepeda to decline in favor of the candidate from MORENA, Delfina Gómez and, on top of that, made it on the day of the second debate, May 9. In exchange, we are told, AMLO offered Juan a seat in the Senate and positions in the cabinet of Delfina, if she won the election. With a strict tone and without addressing him formally, as AMLO likes, Zepeda said no, no and no, arguing that López Obrador had been rude and even a fool when dealing with the PRD. At the end of the election, we are explained, Zepeda made the MORENA leader pay the price for the fact that the left could not win over the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the State of Mexico. That is part of the story regarding that secret meeting.

Knives are out against PRD traitors

Within the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), militants are not judged with the same yardstick, but there is no doubt that knives will be out. We are reminded that militants still remember when Guadalupe Acosta and Fernando Belaunzarán's expulsion was demanded because of the campaigns made in favor of candidates outside the PRD. Both fought tooth and nail despite the fact of having the party's statutes against them, but it was significant that riotous groups would be benefited if they were expelled from the PRD. But we are told that the National Court Commission has sharpened the knives and will behead the militants who supported far- left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) during the past months. On the list are Senator Luz María Beristáin and the Secretary of Public Security Alternative Policies, Rey Morales Sánchez, for signing a public pact with Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Complacency is done, says the PRD.

Anti-corruption system under scrutiny

After the various irregularities denounced in the Selection Commission to create the Citizen Participation Committee of the National Anti-corruption System (SNA), because gender quota prevailed instead of other aspects like technical capacity, now a group of accountants and citizens worried about the issue created the SNA's Observatory, led by Gerardo Lozano Dubernard, one of the citizens dismissed by the Committee. We are told that the goal of these citizens is to examine under the microscope the actions and policies that create the new mechanism to combat corruption, and although they say they have constructive will to help improve fiscal actions, the truth is that they seek that the SNA does a good job, “without fees nor pals.”

Congress and the ostrich policy

Venezuela's issue was forgotten in the Permanent Commission of the General Congress, in which the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray, promoted without success an OAS resolution, adverse to Nicolás Maduro, and in favor of democratic normality in the South American country. Videgaray was short on two votes from the General Assembly which took place in Cancún, and in the face of this shortage, congressmen and senators decided to remain silent and have already held two sessions without addressing the issue. The Senate even registered that the OAS General Secretary, Luis Almagro, preferred to chat with former President Felipe Calderón. And, meanwhile, problems are getting serious in Caracas. We are told that it is unknown when the Legislative Power will assume a position regarding the Venezuelan file. 

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