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What's keeping AMLO awake?

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador, presidential candidate - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
27/02/2018
10:02
Mexico City
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What's keeping AMLO awake?

The only things that can keep awake the presidential candidate of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), according to our sources, isn't the so-called mob of power or his rivals. Our sources claim the concerns of Mr. Andrés lie in the structure to defend the vote. We're told that, a few months before the election, MORENA hasn't been able to cover all the polling stations – close to 155,000 – that will be installed for this July 1. That is, the structure is not yet ready. It's precisely the coverage of the stations, our sources say, what has been AMLO's Achilles' heel in previous elections. The team of the candidate tells us that AMLO and his main officers will use these days to make adjustments and launch the campaign with a significant progress on how to effectively cover polling stations for election day.

Zavala seeks PAN vote

During an interview with EL UNIVERSAL, published some days ago, Ricardo Anaya, presidential candidate of the coalition PAN-PRD-MC, said he failed to see harsh data that could prove Margarita Zavala could take votes away from him. We're told that today, the former member of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), today an independent candidate for the Presidency, is presenting the new image of her campaign and that the idea is to find here proposals, plans, and an ideology much more aligned to that of the PAN than the ones of Anaya himself. The bet Margarita is making is to make her campaign attractive for all the people disillusioned with the PAN. Thus, we will see on July 2 whether or not Margarita managed to snatch votes from Anaya – and how many.

Support a deputy

Did you know that with your wages you're supporting a deputy and most likely he is getting paid without working? Our sources tell us that because of the electoral process, it seems federal deputies continue on permanent vacations, since neither the Commissions nor the Political Coordination Board, presided by the member of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), Marko Cortés, have resumed their activities. We're told that during the sessions on Tuesday and Thursday, the legislators remain in their offices, wait long enough for the row to be called, and then they leave...if they bother to show up at all. Yet there are no amendments or rulings that can force them to remain present throughout the working days because the Commissions haven't been in session and thus, there is nothing to pass or reject..and least of all discuss. The debate, we're told, is outside of the building since many of them are supporting someone's campaign or seeking a new office. And naturally, they're still earning their wages, bonuses and other benefits – paid with the contributions of people who actually do work. The ironies of life.

Grandma is with MORENA, grandson with the PRI

She is close to the heart and team of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). He knows all the movements of José Antonio Meade and is one of the few members of his inner circle. We're talking about Ifigenia Martínez and Antonio Rojas, who are grandmother and grandson, respectively. Mrs. Ifigenia, moreover, is candidate to a seat in the Senate (plurinominal) with the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA). Antonio Rojas couldn't convince his grandma to change parties and now he is close to Meade. We're told that despite the bonds of affection between them, their political convictions are strong. Mrs. Ifigenia isn't willing to join the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and neither is Mr. Arturo willing to join MORENA. Our sources say it's quite likely family meetings have gotten quite interesting as of late since each is focused on their contrasting political projects.

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