The battle's on

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The battle's on
2018 Presidential candidates (from left to right): Andrés Manuel López Obrador, José Antonio Meade, Margarita Zavala & Ricardo Anaya - File photos/EL UNIVERSAL
English 01/04/2018 09:53 Mexico City OPINION: Under Reserve Actualizada 09:53

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The battle's on for Los Pinos

Although the pre-campaign and inter-campaign periods were campaign acts disguised under a touch of blush, it's clear that from this Sunday and onwards, the battle's on. Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), of the Together We'll Make History coalition (MORENA-PT-PES); Ricardo Anaya, of the For Mexico to the Front coalition (PAN-PRD-MC); José Antonio Meade, of the All For Mexico coalition (PRI-PVEM-PANAL); and independent candidate Margarita Zavala are expected to air each others' dirty laundry in public – although we also want their proposals to stand out. Nevertheless, we're also looking forward to seeing the National Electoral Institute (INE) show some decorum, as they have left much to be desired while the Electoral Court of the Judicial Branch of the Federation is busy constantly setting them right. So fasten your seatbelts because the final stretch of this contest might get bumpy.

Jorge Romero and the itch in the PAN

From the ranks of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), we've been told there are several complaints arising from the appointment of Jorge Romero as coordinator of the campaign of Ricardo Anaya in Mexico City. Romero critics say that in 2006, he was one of the people allegedly responsible for inflating the PAN's lists and that while he managed the Benito Juárez borough, there was a disproportionate growth in real estate development – and that, allegedly, he got a discount when buying his apartment. And amidst the influx of criticisms and complaints, we can add the scandal of two of his public servants (Rafael Median and Sergio Eguren) who were arrested in Brazil; Rafael is still the technical secretary of Romero and is operating from Anaya's camping tent.

Truly, will no child be born in extreme poverty?

By the way, the team of José Antonio Meade claims that, in Merida, the candidate will launch his call for the “seven commitments with the nation,” which include his campaign proposals. They say that Meade will ensure a place for everyone in higher education– which seems a bit similar to what López Obrador is also promising – and that he will also make sure that no child is born in extreme poverty, in addition to the announcement that all young entrepreneurs will have accessible credits. By the way, the members of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) expect at least 10,000 people to attend the political act at the Conventions Center in Merida.

The earthquake doesn't shake the Congress

In two ordinary session periods of the Congress, there was no bill or amendment passed in remembrance of the victims of the September 19 earthquake. Many criticized the absence of the political class during the quake emergencies but this was justified as politicians not wanting to be seen as making acts of propaganda. During the meetings following the quakes, there were minutes of silence and items were approved regarding the authorities providing support to the victims. Yet they failed to listen to the recommendations of the Belisario Domínguez Institute, which adviced them to take civil protection measures to a disaster prevention level since Mexico only has reactive measures.