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Who is AMLO's obsession?

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Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, Minister of the Interior - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
27/12/2017
10:02
Mexico City
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Who is AMLO's obsession? 

The one who should be worried is the Minister of the Interior, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, given how obsessed Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is with him. Yesterday, Mr. Andrés shared another of his hypothesis on the movements of his adversaries of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He claimed that if aspiring candidate José Antonio Meade failed to “hit the mark”, the party already has a replacement. According to AMLO's theory, the next name in the line-up is the former Minister of Education, Aurelio Nuño, who has stepped down from his charge so he has no legal obstacle to join the game in case he is needed. According to the Law, AMLO said, “they can still make changes and Nuño is the replacement, that was the plan, if Meade failed to hit the mark, which he is, Nuño goes in.” If they are going to replace Meade, AMLO insisted, “they shouldn't discard Osorio Chong.” This is the kind of obsession seen in horror movies.

Law on Internal Security, a topic for campaign debates

The Law on Internal Security, according to our sources, will be without a doubt a topic for campaign debates. Yesterday in Nuevo León, the aspiring candidate of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), José Antonio Meade, reopened the debate and after claiming this Law is subject to some modifications he defended it, claiming it will provide some certainty to the population affected by criminal organizations, at the same time that it will allow the regulation of the deployment of the armed forces for law enforcement. For his part, the aspiring presidential candidate of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also defended the Law in previous days and claimed there was nothing to fear because the President would continue to be the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The aspiring presidential candidate of the coalition between the conservative National Action Party (PAN), the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), and the center-left Citizen's Movement Party (MC), Ricardo Anaya, has stated he is against the Law and claims this isn't a solid solution. The thing is the debate is open and the positions have been stated on a highly sensitive issue for all Mexican citizens, such as public security, and collateral matters, like violence.

Leadership at the Senate, the upcoming fight

Things are going from bad to worse for the faction of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) at the Senate. PAN members want to keep the presidency of the Upper Chamber for the remainder of the Legislature and thus they are negotiating to have a supporter of former national party leader Ricardo Anaya instead of a “Claderón supporter, follower of (José Antonio) Meade,” as they say about the current president Ernesto Cordero. Our sources say that together with the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), PAN members will try to replace Cordero. Meanwhile, the far-lef Labor Party (PT) is lost in thought, as our sources say they are quite upset by the way Cordero has been leading the Senate. For his part, Mr. Ernesto has the support of several members within and outside his party, so this fight won't be an easy one. Thus, we will see at the beginning of the next period, in February, whether Cordero concludes his presidency or if the Senate decides to give him the pink slip.

Handpicking in Winter

Who says Winter is not ideal for handpicking? So far there are 11 Federal Deputies who have requested a leave of absence despite they are scheduled to step down in eight months time. Yet at the Chamber of Deputies, led by center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) member Jorge Carlos Ramírez, we've been told many more permits are being approved for the upcoming months since we have to remember electoral campaigns begin this March 30 and end on June 27. With this, many legislators aspiring to other charges are still able to receive their wages as Federal deputies before they are handpicked for other charges elected by popular vote. Several of them will be picked for the Senate, local Congresses or as Mayors.

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