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The PAN's hydrogen bomb

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Ernesto Cordero (left) and Ricardo Anaya (right) – File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
04/09/2017
10:00
Mexico City
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The PAN's hydrogen bomb

An earthquake similar to the one caused by North Korea while testing their hydrogen bomb is shaking the conservative National Action Party (PAN). Accusations and discredits increase with each passing day among its members. Those loyal to their national leader, Ricardo Anaya, have called “traitors” and “turncoats” to the senators sympathizing with Ernesto Cordero. Now, Cordero and his gang are accusing Anaya of launching a smoke screen to avoid the subject of the legality of his estate. Yet amidst the accusations, an interesting data has surfaced. Cordero sympathizers accused the coordinator of their faction, Senator Fernando Herrera, to have attempted a maneuver for the PAN to lose the presidency of the Senate in order for him to negotiate for himself the Political Coordination Board. Nevertheless, according to the Cordero sympathizers, Cordero got between Herrera and his plan, earning the vote of the other political forces to win the presidency. We'll have to wait and see what answer provides Mr. Fernando...and how far can the party stand the rain of fire between its members

A favorable weather at the Senate for negotiations?

The leader of the Parliament group of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) at the Senate, Emilio Gamboa, appeal yesterday to the entire political forces to make some progress on the topics of the legislative agenda which the citizens are demanding – particularly regarding the conclusion of the legal structure to fight corruption – and requested agreements be made to appoint the pending members and approve the laws on transparency. Regarding the call of President Enrique Peña Nieto for the unity of Mexico, Mr. Emilio has said the Federal Government has no declarations of war against none of the political parties, and that agreements are most dire. The question is: Is there currently a favorable political weather at the Senate? The dark clouds in the sky may hold the answer.

Jail for the murky ones

The commissioner of the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Data Protection, Patricia Kurczyn, caused some people to shift uncomfortably in their seats with her statements, we're told. Recently, Ms. Patricia said that all parties subject by law to fulfill transparency obligations who fail to do so will be penalized, and some may even be sent to jail. To some union leaders – sector which, by the way, is one of the lowest-ranking in transparency – didn't like the position of the commissioner one bit. This is quite logical, yet what is surprising is that some of the councilors of the very same Institute have considered the position of incarcerating the murky ones a rather excessive measure.

Rosario Robles goes to NY

Once more, the secretary of Agricultural, Territorial and Urban Development, Rosario Robles, will return to New York this week to participate in the meetings of the committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations she has been invited to, after the UN-Habitat meetings last year. We're told Ms. Rosario looks quite pleased with herself, because she will not only be able to say Mexico is on the right way to improve the housing of its citizens, she also has the recent figures on the fight against poverty, which according to the Mexican Government, are a clear sign that extreme poverty in the country can be eradicated in the short term – according to the boasts of the Mexican President during his 5th Government Report. Our sources also say some good news is on her way to Robles from the UN General Assembly.

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