The secret meeting between Dante & Moreno Valle

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07/11/2017
10:00
Mexico City
OPINION: Under Reserve
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The secret meeting between Dante & Moreno Valle

A very interesting table we had yesterday at a restaurant in Mexico City's downtown. Alone, the National Action Party (PAN) presidential nominee Rafael Moreno Valle and the national leader of the Citizen's Movement Party (MC) Dante Delgado, dined and talked. Hours earlier, Moreno Valle said Ricardo Anaya, national leader of the PAN, Alejandra Barrales, national leader of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and Mr. Delgado himself, were “hoarding everything and wanting to distribute the power positions, and that, to me, is very serious.”
Mr. Rafael was talking, of course, about the candidacies of the Citizen's Front for Mexico, which these three political parties created and through which Mr. Rafael wants to become the candidate for the presidency of the Mexican Republic. It's not the first time Moreno Valle cautions about separation should the Front refuse to appoint their candidate through an open and transparent process. Did Mr. Valle obtain any assurance of an even ground from Dante, or only a piece of Serrano ham?

Nuño, free advertisement

The one who's in a hurry to settle all his affairs – in case he becomes the candidate to the presidency or to Mayor of Mexico City on behalf of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) – is the Minister of Public Education, Aurelio Nuño. On this vein, Mr. Aurelio has claimed the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) has secured, at least, 12 thousand Mexican pesos out of the 20 billion needed to rebuild the schools affected by the September 19 earthquake. He says that part of the resources will come from the program “Escuelas al CIEN” (Schools at 100%), and that the SEP has the money “secured.” However, our sources say the resources of this program are provided by the local governments. Quite an offer for Mr. Aurelio, whose self-advertisement has cost for him othing, since affected states “pay up."

Sandoval takes a stroll in Monterrey

The one who's acting very carefree, according to our sources, is none other than the former Governor of Nayarit, Roberto Sandoval. We're told that while federal authorities are working on an investigation which could land him in the list of former Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) governors accused of corruption, Mr. Roberto has allowed himself to be seen eating quite cheerfully at a famous restaurant in Monterrey. Our sources say last Friday the former governor dined at El Mirador, in the capital city of the state of Nuevo León. Thus, should the authorities seek Mr. Roberto, they already know where to find him and the restaurants where he likes to dine.

A candidacy in the hand is better than…

We've been told the coordinator of the National Regeneration Party (MORENA) deputies, Rocío Nahle, has refused to talk so far with her party regarding her political aspirations to become a senator, given that the national leadership of the party has asked her to remain in her post and focus on closing the Legislature – which is why the deputy has said there will be time to talk about personal wishes. The problem is that everyone wants a candidacy in the MORENA and by the time Ms. Rocío closes the Legislature, she could very well find the opportunity to grab one has passed her by.

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