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Mikel, a bet for the right

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Mikel Arriola, candidate of the PRI to the Mayor's Office of Mexico City - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
12/02/2018
09:56
Mexico City
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Mikel, a bet for the right

More than one, our sources say, was surprised by the maneuver the candidate of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to the Mayor's Office of Mexico City, Mikel Arriola, is trying to pull off to overtake on the right lane the candidates of the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), and the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA). During the closure of his pre-campaign, Mr. Mikel overtly proclaimed himself against same-sex adoption and marijuana legalization for recreational purposes, and said that issues causing a divide within the Mexican society, such as same-sex marriages or abortion, should be subjected to a referendum. We're told that according to the data Arriola has, most voters in Mexico City lean towards the right, and while the candidates of the left parties are also focused on the same number of voters, Arriola will attempt to get more votes driving on the right lane, including those of the PAN supporters who identify better with his proposals, so he can arrive at the Zócalo before the rest of his rivals. Will his strategy work?

PAN: Not all voted for Anaya

A liar, the one who says the internal election of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) to choose the presidential candidate was democratic. Despite the only candidate was Ricardo Anaya, not all the votes were in his favor. Some PAN members uploaded photos of ballots to social networks, showing their displeasure. In some of the ballots the face of Anaya can be seen with messages such as “null,” “no to the imposition,” “I don't support your candidacy”, “traitor,” “hand-picking is the root of impunity,” and many more. One of these ballots belonged to the former head of the Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS), Miguel Ángel Toscano, who wrote: “insulting & unacceptable. Null vote.” Moreover, there were others who wrote down “Margarita” or “MZ,” referring to Margarita Zavala, who as you might remember, left the PAN to become an independent candidate. Thus, even if Anaya was the only candidate, not everyone voted for him.

The jealousy of Quadri

According to our sources, if someone is resentful over the backup teacher Elba Esther Gordillo and her family have bestowed upon the aspiring presidential candidate of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), that someone is Gabriel Quadri – the once presidential candidate of the center-right New Alliance Party (PANAL) in 2012, when the union boss was at the reigns of the party. In his social networks, the environmentalist criticized the support of the Gordillos to “Liopez”, as Quadri called Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “If he wins, he will make her the leader of the union again and they will overthrow the education reform,” claimed Quadri, who, it seems, doesn't like to share his godmother with others.

Party for the IACHR

With great fanfare was the Mexican jurist, Eduardo Ferrer, received in Costa Rica. Mr. Ferrer has just begun his two-year term as President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Our sources at the embassy of Mexico in San José tell us there was a special welcome party last Friday for Mr. Eduardo, a party attended by the Vice-president of Costa Rica, Ana Helena Chacón. Minister Alberto Pérez Dayán also attended, on behalf of Mexico's Supreme Court of Justice. It is expected that during the administration of Ferrer, the IACHR resolves key cases for the region.

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