Victory of AMLO uncertain, says Minister

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19/02/2018
09:56
Mexico City
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Victory of AMLO uncertain, says Minister

Amidst the controversy that the names of the plurinominal candidates of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) to the Senate caused – which includes characters such as the miner's leader Napoleón Gómez and Germán Martínez, former national leader of the conservative National Action Party – one of the better-positioned candidates isn't certain of the victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on election day. This is none other than the retired Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice, Olga Sánchez, who is number 3 in MORENA's list. In addition to being one of the privileged positions, Ms. Olga has already been named Minister of the Interior by AMLO, should he become President. However, yesterday at a constituents chat formed by members who, like the Minister, were involved in drafting the first Constitution of Mexico City, Sánchez shared the MORENA list. In this chat, Patricia Ruiz – who is running for Mayor of the Venustiano Carranza borough with MORENA – asked: “Aren't you going to the Ministry of the Interior, magistrate?” And Ms. Olga replied: “Yes, sure, but the election is uncertain and the Senate is not.”

Meade brings in the heavyweights

We're told that now, as the official candidate of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), José Antonio Meade is betting on his getting closer to PRI members. We've been told that this same week, the PRI and the campaign team will announce five electoral district coordinators. Among the names of these key players stand out the former national leader of the PRI, Manlio Fabio Beltrones, the also former leader of the party and former ambassador in Brazil, Beatriz Paredes, and the former Governor of Guerrero, René Juárez. We're told that these PRI members, among others, will seek to gather affiliates and to build a structure. They also want, our sources say, to dispel the notion that Meade doesn't have the support of the PRI and thus why he has engaged the assistance of these heavyweights.

Corral for 2024?

Several members of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), our sources say, saw the birth, last Saturday, of a presidential candidate for 2024. This is none other than Chihuahua Governor Javier Corral, who has received praise from other PAN members – and even from members of other parties – for his decision to reproach head-on at the National Council, the fact that a group of five people decided the list of candidates to the Senate. Our sources claim Corral had the courage to say what many PAN members think but that few would actually dare to say in public. Corral's words were written down by PAN members who attended the Council and then made viral in social networks and media. Mr. Javier's Team claims this isn't a fight against the presidential candidate of the PAN-PRD-MC coallition, Ricardo Anaya, but a criticism of the simulation used to appoint the plurinominal candidacies to the Senate. The fact is that at the PAN, there are several who see in Corral someone capable of generating a counterweight within the party.

Multiple-political collision

The resignation of Senator Miguel Ángel Chico from the Parliament group of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) not only means bad news for the party but it also complicates work and the polemic debate of the proposal to amend the Federal Labor Law, which seeks to erase the restrictions on outsourcing recruitment. Chico is the president of the Labor and Welfare Commission, a commission that will undoubtedly be involved in the project. Thus, the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) not only added a valuable asset to its cause but it can also complicate things for the legislative agenda of the PRI during the close-out months at the Congress. A multiple-political collision.

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