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Will heads roll at the CISEN?

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15/02/2018
09:42
Mexico City
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Will heads roll at the CISEN?

How far will the investigation go into the case of the CISEN agent (Center for Investigation and National Security) who was following the aspiring presidential candidate of the PAN-PRD-MC coalition, Ricardo Anaya? We're told they are looking into the suspicious procedure of the agent of this intelligence agency, who straightforwardly confessed on Anaya's camera that he was an agent. Within the CISEN itself, sources say they can't rule out the possibility that this agent decided to betray the Center and agreed to play a part in this play. The investigation should now focus on whether the agent reported to his superiors that he was found out by Anaya, since there is a difference of several days between the date of the recording and the day it was announced. If the agent failed to report it to cover up his mistake, it will be a serious matter. But it will be worse still, our sources say, if the incident had been reported to the CISEN director, Alberto Bazbaz, and that the Minister of the Interior, Alfonso Navarrete, his boss, had had to found out by the press and not his subordinate himself. The one-million dollar question is: When did Barbaz found out about the situation? Did the director of the intelligence agency also found out through the press? How big are the heads that will have to roll at the CISEN?

911, dispatch the firefighters at the INE

Yesterday, the Electoral Court of the Federal Judiciary Branch declared illegal the regulations of the National Electoral Institute (INE) for counting the votes on July 1. The Court's ruling takes place after the complaints filed by the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), the conservative National Action Party (PAN), and the center-left Citizen's Movement Party (MC). With this, according to our sources, it's more than clear that the INE has gone beyond its regulatory powers and has left for the last moment one of the key issues of the election: the moment the winners will be announced. Per explanation of our sources, now the winner of the presidential contest will be announced until the early morning of July 2. The matter is that, during a press release, the president of the Institute, Lorenzo Córdova, said that even if the results were tight, the results of the quick count would be announced at 11:00 pm on July 1. “If we announce the results at two or three in the morning, the country will catch fire,” said Córdova last December during an interview. Should we call the fire department?

AMLO evaluates operation in Mexico City

We're told that this Thursday, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), the aspiring presidential candidate of the MORENA-PES-PT coalition, will evaluate the structure that the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) has devised in Mexico City for the upcoming 2018 General Election. We've been told that Mr. Andrés will seat the leaders of his party, including his son, Andrés Manuel López Beltrán, who is in charge of the political operation in the capital city. After the meeting, they will know which are the strengths and weaknesses of the MORENA party in Mexico City, and will be, thus, able to appoint the candidates to public office in the state, according to three goals: the main one, contribute to votes in favor of AMLO's presidential candidacy, win the elections for the Mayor's Office of Mexico City, and win as many offices as possible. The problem arises when, in the pursuit of these goals, they choose to appoint candidates who ensure a victory, even if their prestige and honesty are questioned.

The visitors of Meade

In this, the first week of the so-called “intercampaign” period, when aspiring presidential candidates are supposed to do nothing that can jeopardize their official registration, our sources say José Antonio Meade, of the coalition PRI-PVEM-PANAL, has dedicated his time to receive, at his new offices, as many distinguished visitors as possible, among them, legislators and former federal public servants. All this to assembly his presidential campaign. Recently, Senator Emilio Gamboa was seen at the offices of Mr. José Antonio, as well as the former head of the Tax Administration Service (SAT), Aristóteles Núñez. Will we have some readjustments to his team or the party in order to launch the official campaign?

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