The PRD, containing AMLO's bloodletting

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador, national leader of MORENA – File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
16/10/2017
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The PRD, containing AMLO's bloodletting

Even though the finances seem not to be going well for the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), it's time to bring out the champagne. We've been told inside the party, the confirmation of the Citizen's Front for Mexico has brought hope to some PRD members who saw several members jumping out into the loving arms of the National Regeneration Party (MORENA) upon seeing the boat sinking ahead of the 2018 elections. However, this situation is finally turning around, since according to our sources, the leadership of the National Democratic Left movement has agreed to break up with its founder and leader, René Bejarano, who resigned from the PRD to support Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). Throughout several meetings, the leaders of the National Democratic Left have agreed to remain in the PRD and support the Front, and fight for their national and local leadership. It all seems to point out, according to some, that the bloodletting of the party is finally over.

A forward for Morelos and a goalkeeper for Querétaro

The executives of the Mexican Football Federation should begin charging some kind of fee to the Social Encounter Party (PES), since this political force has found in football players a successful and profitable formula. We're told the PES is aiming to obtain the same results they had with Cuauhtémoc Blanco in the state of Morelos, but now in Querétaro. We've been assured the party is planning to nominate former football player Adolfo Ríos as the party's candidate for mayor of Querétaro City during the mid-term election in 2018. They say that, according to their prognostics, the former goalkeeper of the Pumas team of the National Autonomous University and the América Club is already among the top three favorites of the voters. Unlike Blanco, Ríos has experience in politics, since he has been the leader of the PES in the state of Querétaro and the coordinator of the party's local committees.

The game of the Green Party

We're told it's possible to find a presidential candidate nominee within the ranks of the Green Party (PVEM). After they renewed last week their National Political Board, we're told the hordes of Jorge Emilio González Martínez (licensed senator best known as the “Green Boy”) are drafting new internal processes. First of all, we've been told they are already preparing debates between aspiring candidates to decide in February who will be the new party's spokesperson, although it is highly likely the Coordinator at the Senate, Carlos Alberto Puente is appointed again. Yet the crux of the matter is the presidential candidate for 2018. According to our sources, the Green Party wants to implement a sort of internal process to see find that one person who will be able to negotiate with the other political forces. Is it for real that in 2018 the Green Party will have a presidential candidate of their own? Or are they just trying to increase their price?

“Senator 129” under surveillance

The Parliamentary faction of the National Action Party (PAN) in the Senate doesn't budge an inch and has let the other Parliament coordinators know they will provide “personal surveillance” to the general secretary of the Parliament Services, Arturo Garita. As you might remember, the PAN senator Marcela Torres accused Garita and his team during the election of the president of the Telecommunications Federal Institute, Gabriel Contreras, of fraud at the urn. Even if the accusation was false, we're told the Action Party has insisted over and over again that the work of Garita isn't free of bias and he has a tendency to defend the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The President of the Senate, PAN member Ernesto Cordero, has backed Mr. Arturo, who is known as “Senator 129”. Meanwhile, we're told the coalition of the Labour Party and the National Regeneration Party (MORENA) has joined the claims of the PAN.

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