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AMLO angers the Military

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 05/12/2017 10:00 Mexico City OPINION: Under Reserve Actualizada 09:31
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AMLO angers the military

Angered, the Military has qualified as a “stupidity” the proposal of Andrés Manuel López Obrador of offering amnesty to organized crime. We've been told high-ranking military officials have seen the proposal of the aspiring candidate as a groundless claim which will damage the effort made by the State against criminals who go against the rule of law. They even referred the Tabasco-born candidate to the families of the soldiers, pilots, and navy officers who have given their lives for the cause, and with the parents and children of drug addicts, and with the families of the victims of the violence caused by organized crime. “He doesn't care about anything,” said the high-ranking officials.

What were Manilo and Monreal doing together?

Two figures of the political class sat together this Monday on a table at the restaurant El Cardenal in the Historic Downtown, joined by the former Governor of Aguascalientes, Carlos Lozano, and another person who joined them later on. The former national leader of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Manilo Beltrones, and the head of the Cuauhtémoc borough, Ricardo Monreal, dinned and talked for almost two hours. Evidently, they caught the attention of the other dinner guests and politicians, such as certain officials of the Lower Chamber. “Can we take your picture?” Beltrones was asked. “Your word is enough,” he replied. And, of course, there is no picture of them together. They both went they separate ways at different times to avoid being photographed. Monreal left first and Mr. Manilo later. What were the both of them doing at a public place together?

Crucial times for the Front

There is a certain anxiety in the Citizen's Front for Mexico given the succession of the national leadership of the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) which will take place on December 9. A faction of the PRD doesn't want the successor fo Alejandra Barrales to cancel the agreement with the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and the center-left Citizen's Movement Party (MC). Why the fear? We've been told there are indeed some within the PRD who don't agree with the political arrangement of the three parties and want to take advantage of the change in leadership. In the meantime, the Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera, has claimed during an interview with this newspaper that he won't divide the Front. Seems clear enough.

Reyes Baeza for the Congress

During the opening in Chiapas of the General Hospital Dr. Belisario Domínguez – said to have required an investment of MXN$937 millions, cutting-edge tech, and 120 beds – Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto acknowledged the work of the general director of the ISSSTE, José Reyes Baeza, who now we find out wishes and has legitimate aspirations to vie for a post in the Congress of the Union for 2018. However, our sources say Mr. José will fall in line and respect the orders of the Head of the State. It's all a matter of time...

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