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Payback for Barrales

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Payback for Barrales

Since the resolution of the presidential candidacy of the coalition For Mexico to the Front, several version began to arise about the betrayal of Alejandra Barrales to the Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera, for having supported the then-national leader of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) Ricardo Anaya. Today, we've been told, everything points out that Ms. Barrales will get a taste of her own medicine regarding the Front's candidacy for Mayor of Mexico City. Some clans, according to our sources, have begun to receive signs from the team of Mr. Miguel Ángel that the aspiring candidate who might be able to defeat the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) is none other than Salomón Chertorivski. We've been told that the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) members know the determination of Mancera can generate certainty and unity for the July 1 election. Will Mancera get back at Barrales?

Online birth certificate

The first public appearance of Yolanda Martínez, the new head of the National Digital Strategy Coordination of the Presidency will be tomorrow. Ms. Yolanda replaced Alejandra Lagunes after Lagunes transferred to the campaign team of the aspiring presidential candidate of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), José Antonio Meade. We've been told the Head of State will bear witness of the implementation of the national service that will allow all Mexican citizens to obtain their birth certificate online, a project in which Ms. Yolanda played a key role in the Digitial Unit of the Government, part of the Ministry of Public Administration. According to the data available on the service, our sources say, over half a million of people were able to obtain their birth certificate online through the beta version of the program, saving time and money.

Videgaray's rough times

Chancellor Luis Videgaray recognized he had a rough time because of the praises he gave less than two months ago to José Antonio Meade during a public event. Yesterday, at the 29th Meeting of Ambassadors and Consuls, Mr. Luis presented José Antonio González, the new Minister of Finance, who gave a speech before the Mexican diplomats. We've been told that, as a joke, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said he would be brief “because the last time I presented a Minister of Finances I had a rough time.” The statement caused some laughs amongst the diplomatic body, gathered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to whom Mr. Luis had already made smile when he announced that an ancient lawsuit filed by members of the Mexican Foreign Service was about to be resolved. The lawsuit in question has to do with a pension increase for those who retire from the foreign service.

Lozano to support Meade?

We're told that after the former Governor of Puebla, Rafael Moreno Valle, decided to step down from the contest to become the presidential candidate of the coalition formed by the conservative National Action Party (PAN), left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), and center-left Citizen's Movement Party (MC), the “rebel” Senator Javier Lozano will announce in the upcoming days whether he remains in the ranks of the PAN, given that it's almost certain Moreno Valle will collaborate in the campaign team of his wife, Martha Erika Alonso, who will most likely run for Governor of Puebla. We've been told in the Senate that Lozano has the option of joining, as a regular citizen, the team of his friend – as Lozano calls him – of the aspiring presidential candidate of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), José Antonio Meade.


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