Gil says farewell to the Senate; he's not with AMLO

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13/02/2018
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Gil says farewell to the Senate; he's not with AMLO

The member of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), Roberto Gil Zuarth, is a few hours away of leaving his seat in the Senate. Why? We're told that Mr. Roberto has said that there is a brutal sectarianism enforced by the aspiring presidential candidate of his party, Ricardo Anaya. “If you're not with him, you're nowhere,” said Gil Zurath, who after being president of the executive board, now has a position at the Hydraulic Resources Commission. Our sources say the PAN member will take a break from politics at a crucial time in the future of Mexico but no one at 40 leaves altogether. From the citizen bench, we've been told, Mr. Roberto will keep encouraging agendas he considers important, such as the Law on Internal Security or the creation of an Office of the Prosecutor General. Gil Zuarth, our sources emphazise, will not change partes and will not join any campaign team, least of all that of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).

PAN fleshes out the details

The members of the National Leadership Council of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) have a very imortant meeting planned for Saturday, February 17, to flesh out who will become the candidates to deputies and senators to be appointed by a relative majority and those who will seek the votes of the electorate. We're told that this meeting will take a few hours since several of the aspiring candidates will show up with polls to make their case, or with a few aces up their sleeves. For instance, the deputy for Yucatán, Jesús Díaz, is threathening to withdraw his support to Mauricio Vilia, candidate to the Governor's Office of Yucatán, if he doesn't get a seat at the Senate. Thus, this working day will not be an easy one in the lands of the PAN, our sources say.

López Obrador seeks support of businesspeople

We're told the aspiring candidate of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), is still seeking the support of the private sector in some key states of the Republic. Today, according to our sources, he will meet with businesspeople of the State of Mexico and on Wednesday he will travel to Oaxaca for the same reason. The meetings are private, behind closed doors, and will provide the opportunity to the private sector representatives to share their opinions with Mr. Andrés, we're told. In recent days, AMLO has reassured the private sector that there's nothing to worry about, that if he becomes the President of Mexico, he won't cancel valid contracts. However, there are some thorny issues such as his promise to cancel the construction of the New International Airport of Mexico City, a multimillion project which is already in progress, and that has made more than one businessman uneasy.

Young Mr. José Narro

In Nogales, Sonora, at the opening of a hospital, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto talked about the recently implemented program that allows citizens from across the country to get their birth certificate online, as long as they were born after 1930. While giving his speech, the Head of State immediately shot a look at the Minister of Health, José Narro. Between laughter, the President told Narro not to look at him, for he was born after 1930. “Yours is there,” said the President in between applause and laughter, including those of Mr. José, who, by the way, was born in December 1948; that is, he's a young man of 69.

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