UNDER RESERVE: PRD between AMLO and Anaya

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Alejandra Barrales, national leader of PRD - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
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PRD between AMLO and Anaya

After the election results of June 4, the leaders of left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), led by Alejandra Barrales, entered a phase of reflection and analysis of the route to be followed by PRD for the presidential election of 2018. In short, The PRD currents will begin meeting to discuss the issue of electoral alliances for the battle for Los Pinos presidential residence. And, we are told, the central point is who they should go with to get ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) out of the federal government. We are told that without neglecting conservative National Action Party's (PAN) political offer of their leader, Ricardo Anaya, for the construction of an opposition front, the most natural thing for left Democratic Revolution Party would be going with the left parties, especially Andrés Manuel López Obrador, leader of far-left National Regeneration Party (MORENA). In fact, the leaders of certain PRD tribes don't forget that Mr. Ricardo has adhered himself to the triumphs he has had in alliance with them. Who will the party still led by Barrales go with, AMLO or Anaya?

Electoral agenda stops overtime at the Congress

The extraordinary session of the Congress of the Union seems to have no future because conservative National Action Party (PAN) and the left do not want to go further into the discussion of its contents until the post-electoral conflicts that emerged from the polls in Coahuila and the State of Mexico are worked out. We are told that if the dispute for the two state governments is not resolved by August, opposition legislators would let the time go by until September when the regular session starts. The refusal in the Senate has been formulated by PAN coordinator Fernando Herrera Ávila and is well seen by the left front, in which there are legislators, such as Miguel Barbosa, who follow Andrés Manuel López Obrador and who campaigned for Delfina Gómez.

Coahuila unsolved

Regardless of the final result of the elections in Coahuila when counting the result of 100% of the ballots, many chapters remain unresolved within the electoral authorities of that state. Among them are the removal procedures of electoral councilors initiated at the National Electoral Institute (INE) against three members of the Electoral Institute of Coahuila: Gustavo Espinoza Padrón, Alejandro González and the president Gabriela Maria de León Farías. In May, we are reminded, Espinoza was accused by conservative National Action Party (PAN) for evidencing, with presence and support on social networks, their participation in several ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) campaign events, which were also denounced by far-left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) in January. To date, INE has removed 8 councilors, 7 in Chiapas and 1 in Colima. So we will have to wait to see what happens in Coahuila, where the opposition took the streets to denounce the irregularities and lack of clarity of the state institute.

Beltrones insists

Former ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) leader, Manlio Fabio Beltrones continues insisting on his idea of coalition governments. On June 12, the Sonora native will attend the Industrial Club to discuss this issue, so in vogue now that the elections in the State of Mexico, Nayarit, Coahuila and Veracruz have passed, where there may be difficulties to govern because of the divided results. We were told by people around Mr. Manlio that it's time to look for other options and the proposal should be seriously analyzed. The politician was summoned by the Club of Rome, Mexico Section, which aims to study the country's problems, with a global vision and long-term perspective.

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