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Tigres del Norte say no to AMLO

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Tigres del Norte say no to AMLO
Andrés Manuel López Obrador - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
20/06/2018
09:45
Mexico City
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Tigres del Norte say no to AMLO

The presidential candidate of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), was left disappointed because he will not get to hear the “Boss of Bosses” song. We've been told that the successful band Los Tigres del Norte will not perform during the closure ceremony of Mr. Obrador's campaign at the Azteca Stadium. The multiple Grammy winners refused to politically support Mr. Andrés and chose to stay on the margins of any possible controversy. However, we've been told that the organization of the show is moving on and that the son of the candidate, Andrés Manuel López Beltrán, is directly involved in the organization and in coordination with Alejandra Frausto – the liaison on cultural matters of the candidate. The novelty is that the show won't be an open event because tickets will be handed out. The show will have the performances of Edith Márquez, Eugenia León, Margarita, Regina Orozco, Horacio Franco, and Belinda, who will close the concert after the message of the presidential candidate.

Anaya fires at Calderón

Members of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) are still surprised at the latest electoral and political strategy of Ricardo Anaya of filing criminal charges against the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and the presidential candidate of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), José Antonio Meade. However, our sources say they can't understand why he also brought charges against former Mexican President Felipe Calderón – and action which they consider smells of desperation and rage. For the PAN members, these affronts will only diminish the Party before the election, in addition to the times he granted to their coalition allies, the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and the center-left Citizen's Movement Party (MC). In the case of a defeat, they claim the future of Mr. Ricardo will be, quite truthfully, mired in adversity and he will be cast aside of any possibility of leading a reconfiguration, thus, the door could be left open for a unifying figure, like Margarita Zavala. Or so they say…

The presidential ballot and two polemic resolutions

Two resolutions of the Electoral Court of the Judicial Branch of the Federation have the campaign teams of the presidential candidates quite busy. We've been told that the first ruling concerns a complaint filed by the PAN-PRD-MC and could favor Ricardo Anaya. What's this about? We've been reminded that any votes cast for Margarita Zavala – who will appear on the ballot despite having stepped down from the contest – will be considered spoilt. However, if a voter were to mark Zavala and another option, the vote would count for the other registered candidate. The second ruling is about the decision to accept ballots on which voters have written the name, nickname, moniker, or initials of candidates. This would favor Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). Thus the legal and practical concerns at the war rooms, a few days ahead of election day.

The bomb of the Chuchos

We've been told that today, Jesús Ortega, former national leader of the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and leader of the movement called New Left, or the Chuchos, will make an important announcement. The so-called “Chucho the elder” is getting ready to expose a corruption scandal but perhaps the most relevant data is that the spotlight will fall on what some PRD members have been saying a few days ago but few listened to: the displeasure of the members of this movement because of the treatment the PRD has received from the other parties of the “For Mexico to the Front” coalition, the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and the center-left Citizen's Movement Party (MC). We'll have to pay close attention to the statement of Mr. Jesús. Some say it could be either a bomb for the Front, just a week away from the closure of the campaigns, or plain firecrackers. We'll see.

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