A former national leader of the PAN gets close to AMLO

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Manuel Espino Barrientos, former national leader of the PAN - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
29/01/2018
09:45
Mexico City
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A former national leader of the PAN close to AMLO

Quite close, we're told, is the possibility that Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) adds to his cause a former national leader of the conservative National Action Party (PAN). This is none other than Manuel Espino Barrientos, who, after the presidential elections of 2006, revealed that the then-candidate of his party, Felipe Calderón, allied himself with union leader Elba Esther Gordillo so that, through her and her group, a group of governors could operate against López Obrador. It seems not only has Gordillo been forgiven by AMLO, but Espino is also quite close of being forgiven  himself, given that yesterday in Chiapas, Mr. Andrés said he did believe Mr. Espino was a man of good will and that his doors are wide open for men and women of “good intentions” and called them to join him, for the sake of Mexico.

PRD and PAN members join Mikel

According to our sources, today, the aspiring candidate of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for Mayor of Mexico City, Mikel Arriola, will present several former heads of boroughs and legislators of both, the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and the conservative National Action Party (PAN), who will join him in his campaign for the capital city, and at a national level, who will add to the project of José Antonio Meade. We're told this list has over a dozen names, most of the women, who once were part of the PRD or the PAN and held a public office. Moreover, there also seem to be several social leaders. Among the names of this list, we can find Leticia Quezada, former head of the Magdalena Contreras borough, twice a legislator of the PRD, and former official under the Miguel Ángel Mancera administration – a position she was removed from for publicly supporting the project Andrés Manuel López Obrador. With this new additions to his team and the spots in which Arriola talks about how he saved the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) from bankruptcy, the aspiring candidate is seeking to put up a good fight against his rivals of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) and left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), we're told.

The challenge of Navarrete Prida

The Security Cabinet will meet, for the first time this year, with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at noon in Los Pinos. This will be the first time the new Minister of the Interior, Alfonso Navarrete Prida will meet with this group. A few days after his appointment, Mr. Alfonso exposed the need of realigning the institutional capabilities at different government levels to reduce the high insecurity rate of our country. Today, according to our sources, he will expose his realignment proposal and the results he expects to achieve in the little over 9 months he has left of this administration. A challenge, indeed.

Meade's closeness with the PRI

Two things called the attention of many yesterday, during the tour of the aspiring presidential candidate in Hidalgo. The first was that José Antonio Meade, during a meeting called From One Citizen to Another, spoke of the importance reading has had in his personal and professional life. He bragged about being an avid reader and owning a dozen of books. The other was that, for the second time in three days, Meade has met with the high-ranking officials of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), in this case with the former Minister of the Interior, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, and before him, with Manlio Fabio Beltrones. Some PRI members have criticized that, with the intention of keeping his citizen profile, Meade has kept away from senior PRI members. Could it be that now that the official campaign period is about to start, Mr. José Antonio wants to be closer to the PRI and the PRI closer to him?

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