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 Calderón asks to donate to the cause
Felipe Calderón – Photo: Lucía Godínez/EL UNIVERSAL
27/03/2018
10:14
Mexico City
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Calderón asks to donate to the cause

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón is busy as a beaver raising funds for the campaign of his wife, Margarita Zavala, aspiring independent candidate to the Presidency. On his social networks, Mr. Felipe has begun a crusade, hat in hand, seeking funds to pay for the expenses of his wife, who has announced she will not accept the public resources of the National Electoral Institute (INE). Calderón, according to our sources, has set some minimum and maximum fares – between MXN$50,000 and 10,000 – for Zavala sympathizers. “Donate to the campaign of Margarita Zavala. This is a different campaign, built by citizens only. Your donation is important,” claims the former President, who is still a member of the conservative National Action Party (PAN). Now the question is whether or not citizens and businesspeople will be willing to spare some change for Zavala's electoral campaign. Meanwhile, Calderón hast set up a tip jar...

AMLO prepares social network event

We're told that the team of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), presidential candidate of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), has put on the table the possibility of the Tabasco native doing a symbolic act for the beginning of the campaign period this March 30. It's possible Mr. Andrés Manuel may send a message through social networks during the early hours of this upcoming Friday, since the official kickoff of his campaign will be a massive event this April 1st in Juárez City, Chihuahua. So Mr. López Obrador will not be away from the spotlight on the eve of the starting signal despite being in Chihuahuan soil, we've been told.

Margarita has no automatic pass

“No one has secured their place in the ballot yet,” cautioned the councilors of the National Electoral Institute (INE), and the warning is because some of them believe Margarita Zavala shouldn't have an automatic pass to the candidacy. According to our sources, there are councilors who have said that the inconsistencies detected in the signatures presented by Mrs. Margarita, although to a lesser extent than other aspiring candidates, show things are not quite in proper order. The councilors are of a mind to apply the same formula to her and all other independent candidates running for federal offices under similar circumstances.

Videgaray, the prophet

The one who received yesterday a show of unconditional backing was Mexico's Chancellor Luis Videgaray. Some members of his inner circle say that while there has been criticized for his work in foreign policy, Mr. Luis has been acknowledged by the U.S Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, who considered he has been a vital player in the bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States. Previously, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke favorably about Mexico's Chancellor during a phone call he had with Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto – a phone call which was made public. It seems Videgaray is the prophet who has no honor in his own country.

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