PRI presidential candidate nominees uncovered, again

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15/10/2017
10:00
Mexico City
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PRI presidential candidate nominees uncovered, again

The Governor of Sinaloa, Quirino Ordáz, revealed once more in Mazatlán the names of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) presidential candidate nominees, which are as follows: José Narro, Enrique de la Madrid, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, Aurelio Nuño, and José Antonio Meade. During a meeting with the young students at the PRI's National Political Training School, the Sinaloa Governor was very explicit in saying these were the candidate nominees, which caused quite a ruckus, even among the national leadership of the party. Quirino was just given a “very good” at the end. To the list, we see the new addition of De la Madrid, if we consider the first reveal was the one Senator Emilio Gamboa did last August 25. By the way, Mauricio López, current director of the National Institute for the Education of Adults, was seen quite happy at the Mazatlán port – we've been told – because he asked for the day off since Friday to see the catwalk, and he has even been working during his breaks.

Knife sharpening in San Lázaro

Several party groups in the Chamber of Deputies are sharpening their knives for the next week. We're told that in the next few days, sparks will fly out of San Lázaro due to all that is to come. It's quite likely that this week there will be an agreement on the members of the Special Commission dispatched to investigate the unexplained enrichment of the national leader of the National Action Party (PAN), Ricardo Anaya...but the PAN wants for that very same Commission to also investigate the national leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Enrique Ochoa, and the President of the Mexican Republic. Moreover, the Treasury Commission needs to approve this Tuesday the Income Law, so it can be discussed during the Plenary session this Thursday. Will there be further conditions of complications?

The Chuchos are bleeding

Something has happened that has left the New Left movement bleeding. During the administration of Felipe Calderón, the movement within the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) led by Jesús Ortega and Jesús Zambrano, took over the power and the structure of the party. They had enough strength to face Andrés Manuel López Obrador and expel him from the party. Miguel Barbosa and Zoé Robledo (now, members of the National Regeneration Party); Guadalupe Acosta, Fernando Belaunzarán, Armando Ríos Piter (independent), Mauricio Toledo, Julio César Moreno...are all names within the growing list of PRD members who have left the party. In the case of Julio César Moreno, the loss is substantial, for his departure means the loss of the stronghold the decimated Chuchos had in the capital city.

Office of the Attorney General: earthquake and fear

The week is over at last. A relief for the hundreds of employees working at the Mexican Office of the Attorney General (PGR) who had to go to the building in Reforma 211 to retrieve their computers and files. We're told that, despite the findings of Civil Protection stating the building had suffered severe structural damages after the September 19 earthquake and had a high probability of collapse, the employees had to go back inside and collect the important case files and documents still within the facility. According to our sources, the earthquake caused a huge gap between the two towers which formed the headquarters of the PGR. The important documents have been retrieved, yet the fear the employees who had to go back inside that building remains.

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