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Senate at a standstill

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Senate at a standstill
Mexican Senate - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
11/03/2018
09:59
Mexico City
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Senate at a standstill

The number of pending issues which haven't even been touched at the Senate has led many to foresee that during the remaining 14 meetings of the Plenum, senators will lack the capacity to approve what the deputies have already agreed on, and that most of the 76 appointments they need to vote on will remain at a standstill. Beneath the General Prosecutor and the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, there are several anti-corruption, electoral, and agriculture magistrates, councilors, a pair of commissioners for the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Personal Data Protection (INAI), and the new head of the decentralized organism on Labor Justice. Yet nothing moves and 10 meetings have already gone by, spent in quarreling or held just as a mere formality without positive results. The opposition blames the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), led by Emilio Gamboa, who keeps insisting they “sum up a majority,” against the groups led by Fernando Herrera, Manuel Bartlett, and Luis Sánchez Himénez...

PRI stumbles with fractures

The red lights went in at the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). To add to their current luck, in Puebla both, the Green Party (PVEM) and the center-right New Alliance Party (PANAL) have said there will be no alliance, reason why the former federal deputy, Enrique Doger will have to run for Governor backed only by the PRI. We're told that the panorama for the PRI is quite grim here since the leadership of the state was warned not to let the alliance crumble but they didn't heed the advice. It's worth mentioning that in 2012, Andrés Manuel López Obrador won in Puebla despite Rafael Moreno Valle, of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), already ruling there. Moreover, some of the current preliminary polls say Senator Luis Miguel Barbosa is well positioned, together with PAN member Martha Erika Alonso, wife of Moreno Valle.

Nail-biting at the PRI

This week will be decisive for several members of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) because they are going to know if they made it to the list of plurinominal candidates for the Congress and, above all, how high up of that list their names are. There are already some names being spoken for the Lower Chamber and the Senate but the lists are still a work in process and only one week remains before they are unveiled and they all know who made it and who didn't. Yet the PRI has grown a bit concerned about the names currently circulating everywhere and yesterday they officially announced any lists in circulation are false.

AMLO learned his lesson

In 2006, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) avoided debates. Preliminary polls had him on the moon so he allowed himself the privilege of not coming face to face with his opponents. Now, Obrador is not only partnering with the unthinkable but he has also agreed to the three debates the National Electoral Institute (INE) will organize.

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