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AMLO's sermon

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AMLO's sermon

In few political appearances, according to our sources, has presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) seemed as comfortable as the one he had yesterday before the Congress of the conservative Social Encounter Party (PES). We're told Mr. Andrés seemed like a fish in the water. Attendants were privy to a “sermon” on the love of Christ not preached by a religious minister or priest but AMLO himself. The presidential candidate reminisced about the Old and New Testament to talk about justice, and even made it abundantly clear that for many, similarly to himself, “Christ is love.” It seems the candidate made a good impression on the members of the PES, thus it's likely he'll manage to turn that support into votes.

Margarita's discontent

The team of aspiring independent presidential candidate, Margarita Zavala, was quite upset by the indiscretion of a dinner Zavala had with Armando Ríos Piter – who is also an aspiring presidential candidate – at a restaurant on Paseo de la Reforma. The reason, you may wonder, is that some people tried to ask Mrs. Margarita about her project for the country. “How will your administration differ from your husband's?” someone shouted. She only turned back and walked away. Our sources say that, naturally, the team of Mr. Armando has denied the leak came from them but they did concede that there was perhaps a call to some news outlets. Mrs. Margarita's inner circle complained that the meeting had been scheduled as “private” and many were surprised to see the media there. Uh-oh!

Fishing season in the Senate

For the second session in a row, the Senate has failed to pass the amendment to the Laws and with the lack of work of the commissions, it seems we'll close the month of the last ordinary term without much to report. The farewells of Miguel Barbosa, Roberto Gil Zuarth, and the controversial destitution of Gabriela Cuevas as president of the Foreign Affairs Commission have been the highlights of February thus far. We've been told that the Upper Chamber is only interested in the electoral contest. Rearrangements at party groups, leaves of absence, returns of senators, and such have stirred up the waters to the point of transforming them into a fast-flowing river in which some presidential candidates have gone fishing, and in which some senators are waiting to be fished by a party that can allow them to hop onto another office.

The changes are coming

José Antonio Meade is now the official candidate of the three parties which are part of the coalition Todos por México (All for Mexico): the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the center-right Green Party (PVEM), and the center-right New Alliance Party (PANAL), and his campaign team swears now's the time for the good stuff and that they're kicking it off with some changes, both in strategy and staff. Although the engine of Meade's “I, Myself” campaign will have to be tuned, it's bound to be ready after the appointment of the plurinominal candidates to the Congress – which Meade is looking very closely at to avoid a repeat of what happened at the conservative National Action Party (PAN), the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), and the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), where there were broken bones and dreams alike.


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