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Cordero and the breathing corpse

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PAN senator Fernando Cordero – File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
06/09/2017
10:00
Mexico City
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Cordero and the breathing corpse

It seems the only one who hasn't processed the defeat of Fernando Herrera – Coordinator of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) senators – by the other members of his own party, is Fernando Herrera himself. Yesterday, the first meeting of the Senate chaired by PAN member Ernesto Cordero, had the attendance of 112 senators from all the parties, 32 members of the PAN. However, the absence of Mr. Fernando did raise some eyebrows, particularly because he didn't attend to call the roll. Last week, when the tugs and pulls took place over the presidency of the Senate, we're told Cordero told Herrera he wanted the Senate leadership, and Herrera replied: “over my dead body.” No doubt yesterday was a bitter pill for Mr. Herrera to swallow and he couldn't show his breathing self at the Senate while Cordero sat his on the chair of the presidency.

The PRI succession isn't in Double Dutch...but Chinese

In times of political signs and omens, several remarks – from the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) members and from other parties – were caused by the photograph of the Secretary of Education, Aurelio Nuño, the Mexican delegates were seen with in China. The delegations were headed by the presidents of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and China, Xi Jinping. Mexico was invited by the Chinese Government to the BRICS summit 2017, formed by Brasil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Some of the comments – most intended as jokes – arising from the physical absence of Mr. Aurelio to this summit have to do with the appointment of the PRI candidate, which isn't Double Dutch now, but Chinese, apparently – a language Nuño is learning in this taxing road to the presidential candidacy.

The new AMLO operators

Recently arrived and they've already set hands to the task. We're told the couple of René Bejarano and Dolores Padierna have already begun the political operation in favor of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). Yesterday, the former left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) members turned their backs to Layda Sansores, who aspires to be the candidate for the leadership of the Álvaro Obregón borough in Mexico City. Particularly in this borough, the movement of Mr. René and Mrs. Dolores has a considerable presence. And this morning, Armando Guadiana, who was the far- left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) candidate for the state of Coahuila, arrived at the offices of Mr. René to talk about the political operations in the state. Some of their adversaries claim the operation of the politicians – particularly Mr. René's – in favor of AMLO has been in process for a few years, even with them still within the PRD.

The PRI locks to be officially confirmed open

Even if the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) isn't doing so well in other areas, at least they can start celebrating the removal of the locks from their internal by-laws. This Wednesday, the Prerogative and Political Parties Commission of the National Electoral Institute (INE) is expected to rule on the legitimacy and constitutionality of the recently amended by-laws of the party. The General Council of the Institute should be voting this Friday – just in time for the beginning of the 2018 campaigns. If all goes as expected, the PRI will be allowed to design candidates from sympathizers who aren't official members of the party, which will broaden the selection considerably. For starters, it allows the Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, José Antonio Meade, to participate in the electoral game.

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