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AMLO & Meade: of weed and pain

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador – Photo: Irvin Olivares/EL UNIVERSAL
20/12/2017
10:00
Mexico City
OPINION: Under Reserve
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AMLO & Meade: of weed and pain

After three presidential campaigns, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) was quick to step ahead of aspiring candidate of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), José Antonio Meade, regarding Meade's proposal of subjecting aspiring presidential candidates to mental and physical health exams, as well as toxicology and lie-detection tests, like the polygraph. Although many claim Meade's proposal lacks a solid basis, others took it as a poisonous dart thrown at AMLO, who had a heart attack. However, Mr. Andrés got the jump on Meade and confessed he has a health problem, that he has hypertension, and that he takes many pills, but he didn't waste the chance to mock the PRI candidate and add that those part of the “power mafia” shouldn't make him angry, lest his blood pressure rise. Moreover, AMLO said he has never smoked pot but claimed it was a good pain reliever.

Hand-picked fruits

Some Mexican deputies will find each other again. We've been told César Camacho, coordinator of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the Chamber of Deputies; Marko Cortés of the conservative National Action Party (PAN); Rocío Nahle of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA); and Clemente Castañeda of the center-left Citizen's Movement Party (MC) are packing their bags to continue their careers...in the Senate. The legislators have all the intention of continuing to serve the Legislative Branch and many of those close to them will back them up on their way to the Higher Chamber, taking advantage, of course, that reelection is possible starting this 2018. We've been told they've had their disagreements on several work-related issues but the legislative work can be fruitful given they already know each other. Nothing like hand-picking your own legislative assortment.

Something's brewing in Los Pinos

We're told there's something brewing at Los Pinos. According to our sources, Alejandra Lagunes, coordinator of the National Digital Strategy, will become part of the team of the aspiring candidate for the PRI-PVEM-PANAL coalition. The expert in information technology of the Presidency will be, for the second occasion, part of a presidential campaign. As you may remember, Ms. Alejandra has worked in several campaigns of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) regarding political marketing – her most relevant was of then-presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto, where she was in charge of digital strategy. Lagunes is the wife of Minister of the Environment, Rafael Pacchiano.

Odebrecht, the unmentionable case

Odebrecht turned out to be the unmentionable word of the Federal Government, regarding the responses given to the questions posed by the Congress during the Address of the President to them, delivered on the day of the last ordinary session. It turned out the groups led by conservative National Action Party (PAN) member Fernando Herrera and left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) member Luis Sánchez asked questions regarding the bribes which have so sullied this Brazilian construction company. What did the Head of State reply? That he could say nothing on the matter because of the delicacy of the investigation.

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