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Mexican force in presidential flight

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Mexican President meeting yesterday with the Ministers of the Defense and the Navy – Photo: Carlos Mejía/EL UNIVERSAL
11/02/2018
09:29
Mexico City
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Mexican force in presidential flight

The President's helicopter, during a flight made yesterday from Los Pinos to the military air base Santa Lucía in the State of Mexico, carried a group of natives of the State of Mexico, including the President Enrique Peña Nieto. Once the chopper landed, they were received by the Governor of the State, Alfredo del Mazo Maza, born and bred in Atlacomulco, like the Head of State. Except for the Minister of Defense, Salvador Cienfuegos, and the Minister of the Navy, Vidal Francisco Soberón, the retinue was a portrait of the group currently in power: Alfonso Navarrete (Minister of the Interior), Gerardo Ruíz (Minister of Communications and Transport), Renato Sales (Head of the National Security Commission, although he was born in Campeche), Alberto Bazbaz (of the National Security Research Center), and Francisco Guzmán (of the Office of the Presidency). Alberto Elías Beltrán (head of Mexico's Office of the Attorney General) was also there, and although protocol dictated the list of guests to the anniversary of Mexico's Air Force, the number of natives of the State of Mexico called the attention...

Barrales loses strength...?

Alejandra Barrales closed her pre-campaign in Iztpalapa without the expected numbers. This borough is the main seat of power within Mexico City of the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), and thus, there were many expectations regarding the masses the former national leader of the party would attract to the rally...expectations which dwindled as the event progressed and to which Ricardo Anaya failed to attend. For a long time, Iztapalapa has been a PRD stronghold and recent events, our sources say, could be due to the fact that Ms. Barrales loaded the dice in favor of Karen Quiroga so Quiroga could become the candidate to the Mayor's office soon to be decided. The absence of another aspiring candidate to this office was also keenly felt, that of the vice-president of the Chamber of Deputies, Arturo Santana, as well as that of Alfredo Hernández. The spectrum of the meeting, our sources explain, comes from a dismembered PRD. Did Ms. Alejandra push that hard to stumble like this? Our sources wonder...

The power of Elba Esther, with AMLO

Our sources say that together with the family of former union boss, Elba Esther Gordillo, was the entire teacher body seen supporting Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). According to our sources, thousands of teachers from different states were rallied in Zacatecas to witness how René Fujiwara and Fernándo González Sáncherz – grandson and son-in-law of the former leader of the teachers union – showed the strength they have for the upcoming July election. Our sources say the matchmaker was David Monreal, who is coordinating the works of Mr. Andrés Manuel in Zacatecas.

Tensions rise at the Worker's Union

By the way, the decision of the judge of granting a temporary suspension to three teachers who appealed the decisions of the assembly of the Mexican Teachers Union (SNTE), led by Juan Díaz, has rose tension within the union. There is no accident here, as this event takes place at a moment when Elba Esther sides with Andrés Manuel, and barely a couple of days prior to a new assembly where it will be decided who will be left in charge to lead the union.

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