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No token of support

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Ricardo Anaya arriving at the National Council - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
15/01/2018
09:45
Mexico City
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No token of support

Our sources say the aspiring candidate of the coalition between the conservative National Action Party (PAN), left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), and the center-left Citizen's Movement Party (MC), Ricardo Anaya, was seen quite upset last Saturday, due to the non-attendance of a considerable portion of the PAN Governors to the meeting of the National Council, which turned into an event to support Chihuahua Governor, Javier Corral, who is accusing the Ministry of Public Finances of withholding federal funds in retaliation. The thing is that only 3 out of the 12 PAN Governors attended the National Council meeting: Miguel Ángel Yunes of Veracruz, Antonio Echevarría of Nayarit, and Corral himself. And the rest?

FEPADE to investigate Chihuahua case

Any moment now, according to out sources, the Specialized Attorney's Office against Electoral Crimes (FEPADE) will take over the investigation of the alleged funneling of public funds by the Ministry of Finance and the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) during the 20116 Chihuahua elections. Accusations have flown between the local government and the federal one, including the President. Now the new Prosecutor of the FEPADE, Héctor Marcos Díaz, who the Senate appointed as the Prosecutor for a large majority, will be the one to decide if this is a millionaire funneling of funds or a ruse for campaign purposes, like the Federal Government claims.

The PAN and wine

And, talking about the meeting of the National Council of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) last Saturday, our sources say that according to tradition, some of the council members brought gifts for their fellow members, and in this occasion, the PAN members received a bottle of red wine with the words “Vintage 2018, open on July 1.” Now, we'll have to wait and see if the wine will be uncorked to celebrate a victory or to drown the sorrows of the party led today by Damián Zepeda.

AMLO in Nuevo León

In Nuevo León, the aspiring candidate of the coalition Together We'll Make History, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), will make this Monday an “important announcement”, according to his campaign team. Please keep in mind that it is in this state where he is meeting with similar-minded entrepreneurs and businesspeople, and where he has announced the addition of key people from the private sector to his cause. This is also the state where he has spoken about his economic and fiscal proposals. Yesterday, meanwhile, the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) informed that it has managed to secure a coalition with the far-left Labor Party (PT) and the conservative Social Encounter Party (PES) in 26 out of the 30 states holding local elections this July 1.

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