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AMLO disavows CNTE ties

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AMLO disavows CNTE ties
Andrés Manuel López Obrador - Edwin Hernández/EL UNIVERSAL
15/04/2018
09:59
Mexico City
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AMLO disavows CNTE ties

The attack which took place yesterday in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, during a rally of the presidential candidate José Antonio Meade – of the PRI, PVEM, and New Alliance coalition – have caused people to wonder who was the behind it. Mr. Meade said that the “only language (the assailants) know is throw stones.” During a statement, they singled out the National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE), who is supporting Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Oaxaca activists said Fredy Pineda Gopar, PRI member and Mayor of Mixtepec – of which Puerto Escondido is part of – said he is a man who doesn't like to sit back and do nothing and that his people responded to Meade's opposers. Last night, Andrés Manuel only responded: “regrettable [the incident]. And Meade wants to blame me but I tell him this: sweety, sweety, hurry up lest Margarita leaves you behind.” Someone stirs the hornet's nest.

Immunity sparks clashes in the Congress

Our sources within the opposition tell us that in the Lower Chamber, the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is thinking about disappearing the legislative body known as the Instruction Section, where several immunity withdrawal requests against legislators, governors, or even presidents are processed. The PRI is motivated in supporting the rulings on the removal of the constitutional immunity privilege, just like their presidential candidate, José Antonio Meade, is promising in his campaign. Yet we're told that the opposition groups will not jump on board with this scheme until the Senate approves it and the President is also stripped of his constitutional immunity. That is, they have set a course, but a collision one.

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Piñera, ¿cold towards Peña Nieto?

Despite how close they have grown in the last five years as a result of the strengthening of the Pacific Alliance, yesterday the President of Chile Sebastián Piñera, seemed rather cold and distant with President Enrique Peña Nieto. Upon meeting at the Family Forum, part of the 8th Summit of the Americas, in Peru, the Mexican Head of State saw his Chilean counterpart approach and sprang from his seat to greet him warmly, yet Piñera gave him a quick handshake, barely looking at him. 2013 seems so far away when they met in Chile and it was warm. Even further still seems that image of Piñera running in a park in Washington together with the Mexican President of that time...Felipe Calderón, of the conservative National Action Party (PAN).

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