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Senators against immunity

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Senators against immunity
Senator Enrique Burgos García - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
13/05/2018
09:32
Mexico City
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Senators against immunity

The pressure brought by the constitutionalists who pointed out serious mistakes in the bill to revoke immunity and which stopped it from being approved by the Senate will bear fruit in a resolution with changes already settled – in its technical phase – according to our sources in the Upper Chamber. It's expected that after May 15, the president of the Constitutional Items Commission, senator of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) Enrique Burgos García, will call a work meeting for the presidents of the commission of Justice (Héctor David Flores, from the National Action Party); State Reforms (Luis Humberto Fernández, from the Labor Party); and Legislative Studies (Miguel Romo) so together they can agree on the steps to be taken to have a ruling to be subjected to an extraordinary term after the elections…

A three-colored Jaguar works for the PRI

We're told that the one who's already busy with other affairs, but of the PRI kind, is Senator with leave of absence Armando Ríos Piter, known as Jaguar. This Saturday, Mr. Armando organized a pick-up game with the neighbors of Culhuacán, in the Coyoacán borough, on behalf of the candidate of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) running for head of the borough, Oliverio Orozco. The event was an invitation for the youth to vote for the local candidates of the tricolor party, and for the party's presidential candidate, José Antonio Meade, his buddy. Do not think for an instant this is a lesser task for a former aspiring presidential candidate; as René Juárez, the new national leader of the PRI said, given Meade's current situation, all efforts, no matter how little, are vital.

Abandon the Margarita Zavala ship?

We're told that the former Ministry of Energy during the Felipe Calderón administration, Jordy Herrera, has left the team of the independent presidential candidate, Margarita Zavala, where he was one of her advisors. Our sources say that this member of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) decided to leave for personal reasons but he claimed his vote would go to the former First Lady without a doubt. Yet this is still a loss for Zavala's team that, given the current circumstances, will surely be felt. Although it draws the attention that the candidate herself didn't organize public events or activities this weekend.

The sting over the resignation of Martínez Neri

Our sources say that while several members of the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) regreted the resignation of the once coordinatio of their deputies, Francisco Martínez Neri, the vice-coordinator and former national leader of the party, Jesús Zambrano, believes said resignation to be somewhat ungrateful, given that under the banner of the PRD, Mr. Francisco was appointed to several public offices in his natal state, where he was both, a local and federal deputy. We're told that the problem lies in Mr. Francisco joining the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), although he hasn't registered as a full member yet. After all, Martínez Neri was one of the witnesses of the costs it took to build the Citizen's Front for Mexico.

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