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AMLO's messages

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AMLO and Claudia Sheinbaum yesterday at the National Auditorium – Alejandro Acosta/EL UNIVERSAL
21/11/2017
09:34
Mexico City
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AMLO's messages

Several messages were sent yesterday at the National Congress of the National Regeneration Party (MORENA). However, one of the clearest ones, according to our sources, is that Claudia Sheinbaum is still the strong candidate for Mayor to Mexico City in 2018, and that that her closeness and personal relationship with Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) are at the best levels after the storm she was involved in due to the case of the Rébsamen school. Another message was the absence of the head of the Cuauhtémoc borough Ricardo Monreal, who, according to (AMLO) – ratified by Monreal afterward – will remain part of the MORENA, surely awaiting a good offer. Yesterday, under the wing of the national leader of the MORENA, no one was left wondering whether Monreal is going to run for Mayor of Mexico City and it seems that specific contest will be between women.

Barrales's raffle

We've been told that whenever the national leader of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) Alejandra Barrales is asked about the selection method for the candidates to the Citizen's Front for Mexico, also formed by the National Action Party (PAN) and the Citizen's Movement Party (MC), she jokes with holding a “raffle” to choose the candidates. We've been told her reply is clearly not a serious one, but that it references the methods used by the national leader of the National Regeneration Party (MORENA) Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), who casts lots to assign some of the candidates for his party. However, there are a couple of people who certainly don't find the reply funny, because both Miguel Ángel Mancera and Rafael Moreno Valle said yesterday very seriously that if transparency and democracy of the method to choose the presidential candidate aren't convincing enough they will leave the Front.

The MORENA dissidents

Unlike previous years when the National Congresses of the National Regeneration Party (MORENA) met with an incredible serenity, the meeting which took place yesterday at the National Auditorium was cut off by party supporters displaying signs claiming an imposition in the central state of Querétaro. Right when the writer Laura Esquivel was presenting the Education program, she was interrupted by the shouts of congresspeople who demanded freedom of speech for the protesters. The signs asked to leave out the undercover agents of MORENA Querétaro and to reject the imposition: “we demand elections and a vote by ballot.” It seems MORENA has a few dissidents now.

Counterfeiting social programs

If the leader of the far-left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) had complained before of people “copying” his proposals – like the pension for the elderly – now, according to our sources, the Citizen's Front for Mexico, formed by the National Action Party (PAN), the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), and the Citizen's Movement Party (MC) have overtaken him from the left and will give him the opportunity to criticise them for plagiarism. We've been told the Front has revived the MORENA proposal and that other leftist powers have pushed for its inclusion in the Mexican Constitution before the Constituent's Congress of Mexico City, considering the proposal consistent with the “Basic Universal Rent.” The matter is that this social program – passionately rejected a few months ago by many, including the PAN – is now one of the key programs proposed by the Front.

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