26 | MAR | 2019
Duarte blows off some steam
Javier Duarte – Photo: Luis Cortés/EL UNIVERSAL

Duarte blows off some steam

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Don't panic. We've been told that from his cell, the former Governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte Ochoa, needs to find a way to relax and, while he's at it, get in shape because our sources say that in addition to reading a lot, he has taken up boxing in the afternoons. We're told that Duarte wants to lose some weight, look better, and become a healthier person – which he also strives to do taking care of his diet as it seems he doesn't eat the same as the other inmates of the Reclusorio Norte Prison, where he's been imprisoned since last July. His meals – our sources say – are specially cooked for him.

AMLO to close in Chiapas, Tabasco, and the Azteca Stadium

We're told that Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), candidate of the “Together We'll Make History” coalition, will travel to the south of the country to close his campaign. Not only will he host the closure party next June 27 at the Azteca Stadium, massive rallies are also expected to take place in Tabasco and Chiapas that same day. We're told that next June 15 the main cities of the country will see campaign closures. We already know that José Antonio Meade of the “All for Mexico” coalition will be closing in Coahuila. In the case of Ricardo Anaya, of the “For Mexico to the Front” coalition, it seems they're still undecided where they will hold their last rallies but we've been told that at the war room of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), they have proposed to close them in a state currently ruled by that party.

Meade shuts in

The candidate of the “All for Mexico” coalition, José Antonio Meade, has shut himself in to finish preparing for the third and final presidential debate. Since yesterday, the presidential candidate decided to isolate himself to study and prepare together with publicist Carlos Alazraki, David López, and others of his closest collaborators. The intention is that for the upcoming debate in Merida, the candidate opens up more on stage and defends his project so he is able to convince the electorate.

Does anyone care about the candidates murdered? There've been 41 cases

The murder of Fernando Purón, running for federal deputy for the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for District 1 in Coahuila elicited the outcry of several politicians that same Friday afternoon...but on social networks. Party leaders, candidates, and politicians demanded justice but these attacks won't budge since the election process began in September 2017. Thus far there have been 41 candidates – from different parties – murdered. In the case of Purón, he is the first candidate running for a federal office to be killed. Nothing could be more worrying yet there is no doubt that it is at a local level where more homicides are being committed, preventing the arrival of legislators, mayors, or councilors to the power. It seems crime has voted on bullets and there is no way to contain the growing number of crimes. The question is: does anyone care about the candidates murdered?


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