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A rift in the PAN?

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A rift in the PAN?

We're told there's a strategy in place between the several aspirants to the presidential candidature of the National Action Party (PAN), the group known as the Kids on the Block, formed by Senators Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, Ernesto Ruffo, and former Chancellor Luis Ernesto Derbéz. According to our sources, they have analyzed the risk of a fierce battle between Margarita Zavala, Rafael Moreno Valle and Ricardo Anaya for the presidential candidature of the PAN, to the point they've caused a rift in the party. A rift any of the three could take advantage of to become the next candidate of the PAN for 2018. We're told that there is even an agreement between Romero Hicks, Ruffo and Derbéz, so that the two who fall behind support whomever turns out to be better-positioned from among them. We'll see if those who end up high in the polls benefit the Kids of the PAN.

INE under fire

The National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE) will be under fire once more in the upcoming days for the use of social networks in politics. It hasn't even managed to put out all the fires left by the political parties over the “even ground” rules – which prohibit aspirants to popular election positions from hiring propaganda, including the Internet, starting this September 8 – when it is ready to charge in, guns blazing, to settle a complaint against the Secretary of the Interior, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, for his use of Facebook and Twitter. The plaintiffs, the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), claim the propaganda is customized. Yet the PRD has also claimed on the matter of the “even ground” rules, that prohibition of propaganda in social networks goes against freedom of expression. Make up your mind!

Canada takes on the task of revamping NAFTA

We're told that during the first round of talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Canadian government was the only one who arrived at the table with proposals for each of the proposed chapters, while the Mexican Team opted for the strategy of listening to the other's postures before preparing their own documents. Moreover, rumor has it all Mexican business leaders have already left, and that the only big name still in Washington is Bosco de la Vega, from the National Agricultural Board, who was present for the business tables he was in charge of, such as sanitary measures, agricultural and livestock issues, and similar. Of course that Washington still has the presence of the Room Next Door, with Eugenio Salinas and Moisés Kalach, and some other representatives of the business chambers.

Surprise party for Gamboa

Senator Emilio Gamboa, who is today one of the strongest members within the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), will celebrate his birthday this Monday, courtesy of his own party and the senators of the Green Party (PVEM). The cake will be taken all the way to the 51st floor of Torre Mayor, and between snacks and appetizers, his fellow members of the High Chamber will sing Happy Birthday to him. In light of the complex political activity we have today, the hugs and well-wishes seem to come two days early. We're told the hidden message of the lyrics is that of unity between the PRI and the PVEM.


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