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AMLO's zombies

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AMLO's zombies
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, presidential candidate - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
06/03/2018
10:17
Mexico City
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AMLO's zombies

We're told that in the following hours an exodus is expected at the conservative National Action Party (PAN) in Nuevo León, whose members will seek to flee towards the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA). Our sources claim that the MORENA leaders will travel to the northern state, where they will present the PAN members who will join their ranks for the upcoming 2018 General Election. We've been told that, in addition to the adherence of PAN members, it is also expected that some members of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Nuevo León will join the party of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). Jokingly, we've been told that AMLO's campaign resembles a zombie movie since the dead left by the PAN, PRI, and PRD seem to come back to life in MORENA, searching for a political existence beyond 2018.

Blow to the youth in the PRI?

We're told that the National Executive Committee of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is in a bit of a tight spot over the appointment of candidacies. We're told that the PRI has proudly claimed that they will give opportunities to the young members, which according to their numbers, will get 100 out of 300 seats at the Lower Chamber that will be voted on. This number was obtained according to a formula devised by the national leader of the party, Enrique Ochoa, based on the data that 1 out 3 Mexicans is a young person and that, pursuant to the party's by-laws, 30% of candidacies are reserved for this sector. However, we're told that the current numbers barely reach 60 candidacies for the young members, which falls short of the promise of the PRI's national leader. We're told that the young PRI members are expecting their party to deliver, unlike the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), which is appointing senior citizens who want to be thrown a bone but are unpresentable; or the conservative National Action Party (PAN), who left the young ones almost empty-handed  for distributing candidacies at the Front, These weeks, pursuant to our sources, will be decisive to define the lists since the party has until March 18 to submit them before the National Electoral Institute (INE). Will Mr. Enrique make it? The young PRI members wonder.

Meade's pea

The communication strategists of José Antonio Meade, presidential candidate of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), have placed a pea in the electoral campaign. Now, don't make up wild theories, this isn't about an intercommunication device or a vegetable diet. Our sources say it's an internal newsletter, sent digitally, every day, to all PRI members. The name of the publication is El Chícharo (roughly, The Pea) and Senator Ana Lilia Herrera is its editor in chief. The newsletter is circulated among the members and contains campaign news and some strategies to know how to answer on certain topics. For instance, yesterday's material included that Ricardo Anaya had plagiarized material from Tony Seba for his speech at the National Auditorium. It's a grave mistake of the PAN – according to the newsletter – to have appointed Anaya as its candidate. We're told that six years ago, PRI members had a similar element for the campaign of Enrique Peña Nieto.

The famous Salinas line, now in 2018

The president of the Senate, Ernesto Cordero, member of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), is rewriting the line “don't ball up,” of the former Mexican president of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) Carlos Salinas de Gortari. And he has used it against the voices of the PAN and the PRD who are demanding to have the institutionality of the Senate respected and to put a stop to the criticism towards the presidential candidate of the PAN, Ricardo Anaya, who is today the subject of a money laundering investigation. “I think you're a bit confused. If your candidate is involved in scandals, well it's neither the Senate's fault nor the fault of the president of the Senate...” We've been told Mr. Ernesto has let his opposers know that there will be no silence: he won't shut up and neither will he stop criticizing Mr. Ricardo. Uh-oh!

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