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Army keeps track of AMLO's insults

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Ministers Francisco Soberón and Salvador Cienfuegos – Photo: Cristopher Rogel Blanquet/EL UNIVERSAL
08/02/2018
10:03
Mexico City
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Army keeps track of AMLO's insults
The Armed Forces are keeping track of the curses and insults Andrés Manuel López Obrador has hurled at them, according to our sources. Recently, AMLO reproached the fact that General Salvador Cienfuegos received an acknowledgment from the University of Chiapas: “This is political hogwash, he'd better get to work,” said the maximum leader of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA). Our sources say that in the eyes of troopers, soldiers, generals, and retired servicemen, Mr. Andrés Manuel once more was being disrespectful towards their beloved institution, offending their leader now. Cienfuegos, our sources say, is a loyal military man who has been working hard for the past 54 years, even before AMLO finished elementary school. According to our sources, perhaps the aspiring candidate believes campaigning is the real hard work, not the one soldiers do.

A test for the INE
A lot has been said about the perception that the National Electoral Institute (INE) has generated on how they seem to be quite accommodating with some aspiring presidential candidates and harsher with others. Today, the INE will be put to the test. We're told the councilors have received pressure from high-ranking officials of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) to take down a TV advertisement compiling several speeches by the aspiring presidential candidate of the PAN-PRD-MC coalition, Ricardo Anaya, where he is seen buttering up the candidate of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), José Antonio Meade. Some experts in electoral matters consider the spot doesn't violate the rules but tell us that a certain air of censorship can be felt at the INE's commission of complaint management, which will meet today to discuss the spot. The decision of the commission in this case will be an indication to know whether the referee has a preferred team.

The luxury “driver” of Obrador

The northerner businessman Alfonso Romo, considered one of the main strategists behind Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), isn't only good at dealing with the men of wealth in the country but also at driving the van of the aspiring candidate. Mr. Alfonso had to act as AMLO's driver yesterday, following an event in the city of Colima. Romo got behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Suburban and quickly drove the aspiring presidential candidate away from the crowd gathering to take a look at him. In the middle of a moderate escort, the businessman also suffered the pushes and shoves of the pre-campaign. Not even Obama has such a driver.

Paco Rojas Gutiérrez, alive and well

A terrible confusion has caused the insidious attack which took the life of the deputy with leave of absence and aspiring candidate of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to the Mayor's Office of Cuautitlán Izcalli, Francisco Rojas San Román, a crime that should be investigated to clarify the facts. In the political class, our sources say, the name of the legislator has been confused with that of public accountant Francisco Rojas Gutiérrez, who held important positions in the federal public administration, such as Minister of the Comptroller's Office to PEMEX CEO. Mr. Paco Rojas Gutiérrez has retired from politics...and is alive and well.

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