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Anaya to “man up”

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Ricardo Anaya – Photo: Alejandra Leyva/EL UNIVERSAL
04/03/2018
10:17
Mexico City
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Anaya to “man up”

Quite a blow, the one Juan Ignacio Zavala, brother-in-law of Felipe Calderón, gave to the members of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) closest to Ricardo Anaya, presidential candidate of the coalition Mexico to the Front. On Twitter, Zavala said: “now it turns out all PAN members were in favor of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on the withdrawal of immunity. Hypocrites, you wanted to ruin him. Man up so you can defend with dignity the money launderer that is your candidate.” In this case, Ricardo Anaya. On this social network, Santiago Creel, one of the closest men to Anaya who was Minister of the Interior and rival candidate to Vicente Fox, claimed he worked firmly from the interior of that administration “to prevent the withdrawal of immunity.” He added: “I insisted then as I do now: elections should be decided at the polling stations, not at the prosecutor's office.” Yet our sources say that on August 7, 2004, Santiago Creel told AMLO to “act like a man” and face his responsibility “with honesty and courage.” By the way, last Wednesday Anaya met with scholars and politicians to define the strategy before the federal government and there were some who told him he should barge into Mexico's Office of the Attorney General or go to Andrés Manuel.

Zavala puts her team together

The independent aspiring presidential candidate, Margarita Zavala, will present tomorrow her political board – her campaign team. We're told that as a general coordinator she has appointed former official of Felipe Calderón, Fausto Barajas; as her spokesman, Jorge Camacho; as structure coordinator, Daniel Vázquez; and as her representative before the National Electoral Institute (INE), Fernanda Caso. Our sources say that is very likely that Aleix San Martín – a Spanish consultor who has led the campaigns of Tabaré Vázquez in Uruguay and Ricardo Martinelli in Panama, as well as Ernesto Cordero when he aspired to the national leadership of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) – will be called to join her team. Moreover, names of several PAN Governors have also made it to the list, such as Alberto Cárdenas and José Guadalupe Osuna.

Government alert in the face of Trump threats

The negotiations to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have made the hairs of many stand on end due to the Donald Trump threats. Our sources say that the Mexican team of negotiators under no circumstance will accept that in exchange for allowing some leniency in this ground, United States still makes threats on the steel trade. Unacceptable, we've been told. What's true is that the NAFTA panorama turns darker each time the president of the United States says something.

Will Meade make the PRI his?

The anniversary of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is the occasion for the presidential candidate, José Antonio Meade, to make it his. The main speaker in today's celebration, it is expected that the high-ranking officers of the party will attend and Meade will have a chance to win them over after he, during his presentation as an aspiring candidate, said: “Make me yours.”

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