Padierna and her high treason

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René Bejarano and Dolores Padierna – File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 03/09/2017 10:00 Mexico City OPINION: Under Reserve Actualizada 10:00
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Padierna and her high treason

It seems the leaders of the National Democratic Left movement, René Bejarano and Dolores Padierna, are in quite a hurdle. Apparently, the far- left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) is not interested in giving Mr. Bejarano a warm welcome. By the way, even if our sources say the movement they lead has a presence in almost all the boroughs of Mexico City and that they have organized events throughout the country, some voices caution there are Governors who “supply” them with an audience, which is why we should mistrust the real contribution of Mr. Bejerano. Meanwhile, the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) sees as high treason that Padierna has decided to run to the arms of Andrés Manuel López Obrador – for personal reasons, mind you – after the PRD gave her the coordination of the Parliament Group of the party in the Senate. Let's see how many disgraced celebrities arrive today at the even of Mr. Andrés Manuel. Oof!

Presidential candidate nominees, still veiled

On the edge of their seat were all yesterday at the courtyard of the National Palace, expecting the big reveal of the presidential candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for 2018. But zip. Nothing. José Antonio Meade, Aurelio Nuño, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong and José Narro Robles were all very nonchalant. Not even the tiniest sign. Enrique de la Madrid and Eruviel Ávila – who haven't denied being interested in becoming “it” – were also quite blasé about the whole deal. It seems this next-to-last government report of Enrique Peña Nieto wasn't the place to show off. Rather, they all looked cool and attentive to the President's message. So those expecting the reveal were kept guessing and well, looking for the next “signs” to know who wins the golden ticket. All in due time.

And the Governors put their names down

During the 5th Government Report of President Enrique Peña Nieto at the National Palace, there were some Governors who took the opportunity to say whether or not they are interested in running for 2018. The Governor of Michoacán, left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) member Silvano Aureoles, claims he is ready to be the next President of the Republic, while Manuel Velasco, Governor of Chiapas under the Green Party, declined being interested in the position. Yet when the independent Governor of Nuevo León, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, was asked if he thought the 5th Government Report was little more than a runway of presidential candidate nominees, he said: Well...just look at me!

War at the Congress

The Parliament group of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the Chamber of Deputies, led by César Camacho, is lobbying with other political forces to obtain two-thirds of the plenary session and appoint the new Executive Board members to prevent a bigger crisis. We're told it's highly likely that this Sunday, the far- left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) will add more legislators to its ranks, in order to sign the Political Unity Agreement for the Prosperity of the People and the Rebirth of Mexico, launched by Andrés Manuel López Obrador. If this were to happen, the PRI would be willing to assign them several positions and thus, there would be a new agreement, which would include MORENA and, – if its 46 deputies vote in favor – there would be more than 300 legislators.


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