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AMLO and the stripper deputy

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English 10/01/2018 09:44 Mexico City OPINION: Under Reserve Actualizada 09:45
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AMLO and the stripper deputy

It seems the gap between politics and showbiz is narrower than we thought, especially during campaign times and when fighting for public offices. And in 2018, artists and politicians walk the same road. That is the case of actor, singer, and model Sergio Mayer, famous for his stripper show “Women Only”, who was appointed by the party of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) as coordinator of the party in Mexico City, together with political activist Gerardo Fernández. According to our sources, their current appointments will help them reach San Lázaro as federal deputies. Mr. Sergio and Mr. Gerardo registered yesterday, the actor for District 6 of the Magdalena Contreras borough and the politician for District 4 of Iztapalapa. Let the show begin!

Packing the bags at the President's cabinet

A lot of bags can be seen being carried up and downstairs at Bucareli, the Ministry of Labor, and the Ministry of Social Development. Our sources say that now that Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong has stepped down as Minister of the Interior to seek a seat at the Senate, Alfonso Navarrete has an opportunity and has also stepped down as Minister of Labor. We've been told the favorites to Minister of Labor are Rafael Avante and Manuel Cadena. At the Ministry of Social Development, it is expected that its current Minister, Luis Enrique Miranda, also steps down to seek a seat in the Senate. And we'd have a new opening here which, according to our sources, could be given to the Deputy Minister of Finances, Vanessa Rubio. Meanwhile, everything is ready for the exit of Osorio Chong, who said farewell to his colleagues yesterday.

MORENA and amnesty

We've been told the pre-campaign of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) was about to get in the sight of his rivals. At the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), they were already celebrating the statements the former Governor of Michoacán, Fausto Vallejo, made on Monday morning, where he said it was practically a fact that he would be the candidate of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) for Mayor of Morelia, the capital city of the state. Arising from the fact that Mr. Fausto – a life-long PRI member – was allegedly involved with members of the organized crime, PRI members were ready to point out Mr. Fausto was AMLO's first amnesty case. However, MORENA quickly denied Fausto's claims. López Obrador himself said he ignored the alleged offer of Vallejo and that on the face of a corruption background no one should be allowed to participate in his party, because “MORENA is a moral referent and has an image to maintain.” The thing is that if someone within the MORENA or its political allies opened the door for Vallejo, they sure were about to cause quite the scandal for the party and its leader.

A covert message

The one who took advantage of the presence of the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), José Ángel Gurría – institution which is closely tracking the construction of the new international airport of Mexico City –  was the Gerardo Ruiz, who claimed this megaproject will transform our country into the most important airline hub in Latin America, well above Panamá, Sao Paulo, and Bogota. Ruiz said there are currently 130 Mexican companies working in the project, generating 160,000 jobs. We've been told that while Mr. Ángel paid careful attention to the numbers, the message was addressed to someone else, someone who vowed to cancel the project if he won the presidential election.

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