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A bumpy ride for Mikel

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A bumpy ride for Mikel
Without ever having won a single election to the Government of Mexico City, the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) already has a candidate for Mayor for the 2018 General Election. Mikel Arriola, a public officer not member of any party and close acquaintance of José Antonio Meade, steps down today as general director of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) to run with his PRI t-shirt on. The young pelota player and the PRI leader, Eruviel Ávila, will begin to pave the dirt road with a party who has neither presence nor hold in this city, a party that has been left out of the electoral map since the first elections to chose a Mayor for Mexico City, way back in 1997. Mr. Mikel hands over this Thursday a social security institute with healthy finances to hop into a machine of the past century without oil in the engine and worn tires. This is his how he starts the race...

The bomb of the Citizen's Front

Yesterday's afternoon several versions began to circulate about the Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera, about him allowing the presidential candidacy of the Citizen's Front for Mexico to go to conservative National Action Party (PAN) member Ricardo Anaya, pursuant to the generous offer of Dante Delgado of changing his presidential aspirations for a place in the Senate. However, people close to Mr. Miguel immediately denied the version. It seems Mr. Dante doesn't understand ironies because earlier on, Mancera told Dante he would make an excellent Minister of Agriculture after the offensive 72-hour ultimatum Dante gave him to accept a place in the Senate. What's true is, in addition to the ultimatum, that the Front is living a critical time and, just like a bomb, if someone cuts the wrong cable everything may well blow up.

The Senate and the children of the earthquake

We've been told that yesterday, Enrique Peña Nieto took advantage of his visit to the former HQ of the Senate – Xicoténcatl street in the Historic Downton – where he attended to the award ceremony of the Belisario Domínguez medal, to go on a walk-through and watch the exhibition of murals painted by children of Jojutla and Tetela del Volcán, who lost their homes and schools. The President was joined in this emotional tour by the conservative National Action Party (PAN) member Ernesto Cordero, president of the Senate; Julia Carabias, the recepient of the Belisario Domínguez award; and Héctor Sulaimán, head of Scholas Mexico.

Survey fight in Chiapas

A war of numbers and surveys here and there are currently fighting the aspiring candidates for Governor of Chiapas of the center-right Green Party (PVEM) and the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) – Luis Armando Melgar and Roberto Albores, respectively. Among one of the considerations, according to our sources, is that it's not enough to have a certain degree of knowledge to be competitive. You need, pursuant to the team of Mr. Luis Armando, an ideal profile most voters are seeking for, and a low amount of negative scores. Senator Melgar, we've been told, is the least identified with the two parties and the one who could represent a strong electoral alliance. And this move would serve to attract voters in general and the opposers to the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA). That is one of the readings of one of the players.


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