Who draws the attention during Meade's events?

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José Antonio Meade and his wife, Juana Cuevas - Special photo/EL UNIVERSAL
17/12/2017
09:55
Mexico City
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Who draws the attention during Meade's events?

A character who is increasingly gaining visibility in the pre-campaign of José Antonio Meade is his wife, Juana Cuevas, who has been present in all the public events of the former Minister of Finance, not only as a helpful hand at the wheel or carrying his luggage in an airport. Yesterday at the Convention Center in Puebla, amidst the cries of “Juana, First Lady!”, Mrs. Juana stood on the podium and before seven thousand people, she spoke of the aspiring candidate, whom he met when they were both students. The attendants listened to her words and anecdotes about the family life of the PRI's hopeful candidate and, above all, the time and patience Mr. Meade has for their three children. The members of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) were pleasantly surprised to see how well Meade's partner came across in public. Who, by the way, caught the attention upon joining the team of the aspiring presidential candidate of the center-right coalition (Institutional Revolutionary Party, Green Party, and the New Alliance Party) was former Governor of the State of Mexico, Eruviel Ávila.

PRI members committed...by force

The passing of the Law on Internal Security has forced deputies of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to be committed to the cause. This Friday's voting – the last of the ordinary meetings period – needed at least 261 votes to be passed during the Plenary Session; otherwise, the united opposition would've been able to put a stop to this controversial legislation. Despite a considerable number of PRI Senators had stopped attending the latest meetings, on Friday they were read the riot act to avoid an unpleasant situation and that is why the house, coordinated by César Camacho, was seen so full – with 199 legislators of the PRI, 38 of the Green Party, and 11 of the New Alliance Party, plus the support of 11 National Action Party (PAN) members. Thus, they could approve the Law which may still see its fair share of legal battles at the Supreme Court of Justice.

The cold question of Luisa María Calderón

During the early and very cold morning of last Friday, the question of Senator Luisa María Calderón was left hanging in the air while discussing the Law on Internal Security: “Who has made sure criminal organizations haven't infiltrated political parties?” The Legislator, sister of former Mexican President Felipe Calderón – not affiliated to any political party since her resignation to the conservative National Action Party (PAN) – thus included all political parties as part of the cause of the serious security issues Mexico's citizens are facing. Mayors, local deputies, even a Federal Deputy, have been linked to drug trafficking cases; and among their spheres of influence where crime has its territorial enclaves. The question of Ms. Luisa María will remain valid throughout 2018...

Doubts about the regulation on cannabis use

We've been told it won't be that long for the Ministry of Health announces the regulation on the medicinal use of cannabis, which, according to the project, includes not only approved drugs but also alcoholic beverages, supplements, and cosmetic products. Civil organizations have pointed out it's not quite clear how crops will be regulated and the extent of their impact, given that if the plant cannot be grown domestically it will still need to be imported and costs will not go down.

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