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Córdova and his blue t-shirt
Lorenzo Córdova and Ricardo Anaya at the INE last Sunday - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
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Córdova and his blue t-shirt

In the blink of an eye, the National Electoral Institute (INE), led by councilor Lorenzo Córdova, determined to establish preventive measures in favor of the presidential candidate of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), Ricardo Anaya, after the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) had a document published in several Mexican newspapers accusing the young politician of money laundering and illicit enrichment. According to our sources, in a matter of days, the INE sent requirements to the news outlets to disclose who had requested the insertion of the document, published between Thursday and Friday of last week and, of course, who had paid for it. And just like that, the members of the Complains and Lawsuits Commission of the INE ordered the leadership of the PRI to suspend the document and refrain from hiring other advertisement spaces. This treatment of Anaya is a stark contrast with other complaints brought before the Institute and the reception Anaya was given at the Institute's offices for his official registration. And if not, you can ask Margarita Zavala, who was barely given a small space after her registration. Is Córdova wearing a blue t-shirt now?

The fame of MORENA candidates reaches the U.S.

The “fame” of some candidates knows no borders, We're told that the campaign coordinator of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), Tatiana Clouthier, had a rough time yesterday at the conference "Electoral Strategies" at the George Washington University. We're told that some students questioned the inclusion of Napoleón Gómez and Cuauhtémoc Blanco as candidates of the alliance MORENA-PES-PT. The former member of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) defended herself by claiming she only promotes AMLO and not the other candidates, as that the other candidates are an internal matter of political parties. By the way, Ms. Tatiana has given quite a blow to former President Vicente Fox, saying that Mr. Vicente has become the spokesman of “we-don't-know-who.”

Ministry of the Interior prepares alliance with Universities

Our sources say that this week the Ministry of the Interior and the National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions will execute an agreement to work jointly to improve security in the campuses of the universities. The agreement between the departments, led by Alfonso Navarrete Prida and Jaime Valls, takes place after the worsening of the crisis the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is currently going through due to the drug sale within the University City campus. Our sources confirm the goal of the agreement is to avoid the suspicion that universities and institutions have lost autonomy should federal authorities intervene.

The Senate, a policy of carrot and stick

We're told that for those criticizing the Senate for not being able to get some progress done on the loads of pending issues they've got, today they will receive a positive sign. We're told that the senator of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, president of the Education Commission, presents today an initiative regarding science, technology, and innovation. We're told that in addition to the importance of the text – as it would lay down the groundwork for the legal basis to create a law on science, technology, and innovation and, thus, consolidating a National System for Science and Technology – the Senator managed to find the needle in the haystack and that according to his calculations, he had, until yesterday, the support of 66 senators from various parties, including the coordinators. This is a contrast to other matters in which there is no support at all for motions such as the anti-corruption issues, which the Senate failed to rule on last year because they either couldn't or wouldn't, and other reforms that are currently sleeping the rest of the righteous. However, when such matters pop up it's unavoidable to ask: what about all the pending issues? When will they be resolved?


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