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A cold shoulder

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Ricardo Anaya (left) and Margarita Zavala (right) - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
11/09/2017
10:00
Mexico City
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A cold shoulder

A new sign of the internal division of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) was witnessed last Saturday, during the First State of Address of Carlos Joaquín, Governor of Quintana Roo before the State Congress. We're told the former Mexican President Felipe Calderón and his wife, Margarita Zavala, didn't even listen to their national party leader, Ricardo Anaya, who was invited as well to the official meeting of the Congress where Mr. Carlos gave his official speech. Attendees to the event tell us Anaya and Calderon avoided each other at the Congress, Anaya entered the venue as the event was starting and at the end of the speech, Mr. Calderón left through a different door from Anaya. Mr. Ricardo left a couple of minutes before the Governor ended his speech, walked right past Calderón, but he didn't even say his farewells to either him or his wife, Ms. Margarita. The abysm within the PAN just keeps getting deeper and deeper.

The AMLO front

And because the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), the conservative National Action Party (PAN), and the Citizen's Party Movement already have their front, our sources say Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) will not fall behind, and he will also get his very own. We're told today a new front will be revealed, set to the task of driving Mr. Andrés all the way to the Presidency, and this front is formed by CEOs, politicians, and the leaders of social and civil organizations. We've been assured the front “With AMLO United We Can” will be coordinated by Elías Miguel Moreno, who is a member of the inner circle of former Mexico City Mayor, Marcelo Ebrad, and is aiming to win a spot on a candidacy with the far- left National Regeneration Party (MORENA). Some believe this is a sign of the return or Mr. Marcelo back to Mexico after his self-imposed exile in May 2015. Thus, the fronts are the new fad and AMLO can brag he already has his.

The PRD and its MORENA supporters

We're told the national leadership of the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) has decided to delay the issue of the expulsion of the supporters who have not renounced to the party but have expressed their support towards Andrés Manuel López Obrador. We're told that Alejandra Barrales doesn't want to call the National Executive Committee for a meeting, where she'd have to begin the process against the PRD members wearing MORENA caps, such as Pablo Gómez and Carlos Sotelo. Our sources say there could be two reasons for the delay: the first – and less likely – is that they are waiting for those who have left to come back; the second is that someone's got cold feet.

Believe it or not

The Chamber of Deputies is full of surprises. After the impasse over the Board transition, the current president of the Lower Chamber, ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) member Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín, has agreed with the coordinators of the Parliament factions that instead of meeting two days this week, they will meet three (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), in order to make up for the lost time, but above all, so that the Plenary Session can approve the submissions to the Commissions of the draft amendments to Constitutional Article 102°, thus eliminating the “automatic pass” of Raúl Cervantes as Attorney General of the Republic. One of the amendments is proposed by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the other by a legislative front comprised of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), and the Citizen's Movement Party. Yes, you read that right. The Deputies will work more. It's not a joke, April Fools' Day is not even close.

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