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Will the PRI sharpen the guillotine?

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Will the PRI sharpen the guillotine?
National leader of the PRI, Enrique Ochoa Reza - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
07/03/2018
10:15
Mexico City
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The high sphere of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is preparing an event for tomorrow intended to deliver a blow against corruption: the national leader of the party, Enrique Ochoa Reza will create the Ethics Commission to review the behavior of its members and propose punishments for those who fail to pass the test. Our sources say one of the first tasks of the Commission could be to remove the immunity and privileges of two former governors, César Duarte (Chihuahua) and Roberto Sandoval (Nayarit). We're told that the presidential candidate of the PRI, José Antonio Meade, will attend the event and will deliver a speech so everyone understands there will be zero tolerance for corruption. By the way, the president of the Commission is the former national leader of the party, José Antonio González, who was in charge of the party during the Ernesto Zedillo administration. Will the PRI sharpen the guillotine?

The PGR and the Anaya case

The issue of the investigation launched by Mexico's Office of the Attorney General (PGR) on the alleged money laundering network in which the presidential candidate of the PAN-PRD-MC coalition – Ricardo Anaya – has been involved, has also generated accusations against the Federal Government for the alleged political use of institutions – and there could be a way out. Law experts tell us the PGR needs to decide, as soon as possible, whether there is conclusive evidence against Anaya, at the same time Mr. Ricardo has to decide whether to willingly appear before the Office of the Attorney General to give his statement. Otherwise, the elastic band will keep stretching until it hits one of the two parties.

AMLO Senators get the popcorn

The Senators of the coalition left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) and far-left Labor Party (PT), the faithful legislators of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), sat in their corresponding places and got the popcorn to enjoy the arguing match between the legislators of the Front and those of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) at the plenary session over the presidential candidate of the Front, Ricardo Anaya. Before the session began, Senator Angélica de la Peña, of the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), called for a vote of no confidence against the president of the Senate, Ernesto Cordero, of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), because Cordero has expressed his opinion on the money laundering accusations against Anaya. Yet with the votes of the PRI, PVEM, and the rebel senators of the PAN, the motion was rejected 58 to 20, with 11 abstentions. And in the face of the arguing that ensured, the senators sympathizing with AMLO preferred to remain the onlookers. Only the former PAN member, Gabriela Cuevas, intervened to defend Cordero.

Zoé Robledo, the jaguar's raffle

And while the deputy coordinator of the coalition left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) and far-left Labor Party (PT) watched with an amused look on his face the fight between the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the PAN-PRD during the plenary session of the Senate against president Ernesto Cordero, Zoé Robledo received news that the MORENA office in Chiapas had appointed him as candidate District 6 of Tuxtla Gutiérrez for the Lower Chamber. Our sources said the Chiapas Senator came on top of the corresponding poll and has earned the local and national recognition of the party of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, for his posture during the process to appoint the candidate to the governor's office of the state. An award for the Senator, it seems, although there are some who claim he has won the “jaguar's raffle” and that things will not be easy.

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