The PAN wants a referendum

07/05/2020
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The PAN wants a referendum
President López Obrador often launches non-binding referendums - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL

The PAN wants a referendum

07/05/2020
10:52
Mexico City
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The PAN wants a referendum 

Today, PAN lawmakers will launch a very original idea. We’ve been told that the PAN members will launch a referendum to ask society if they would agree to cancel the construction of the Santa Lucía airport, the Dos Bocas refinery, and the Maya train and allocate the resources to purchase medical equipment to treat people infected with COVID-19. Lawmakers Adriana Dávila Fernández, Annia Gómez Cárdenas, Absalón García Ochoa, and Hernán Salinas Wolberg are behind the initiative and they also propose that the resources are also used to purchase PPE for healthcare workers, as well as used as a stimulus for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in a bid to protect millions of jobs. How you ever heard about these referendums? 

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The opposition is constantly ignored

The current administration has been ignoring the opposition for some time but the situation worsened in March, April, and May. Senators have told us that ministries have orders not to meet with opposition lawmakers and senators. Something similar happened to Xóchitl Gálvez, who went to the Public Administration Ministry to file a complaint against the iMSS for alleged corruption acts but no one helped her.

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The IMSS vs. the INE

We’ve been told that the Electoral Tribunal, magistrates don’t usually talk about winners and losers but they did yesterday when the tribunal approved the cautionary measures adopted by the INE, for the President’s personal promotion. The INE considered that the promotion of the letter signed by President López Obrador to approve an IMSS program to provide financial support for family businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The INE ordered the IMSS to stopped sending the letters signed by the President after the PAN, PRI, and PRD complained. The IMSS contested the decision and the case made it to the tribunal. According to sources, the magistrates are satisfied with the decision.

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Bonilla will learn his fate soon

In a few days, the Supreme Court will decide if Jaime Bonilla’s administration will last two or five years. According to a proposal made by minister José Fernando Franco Salas, Bonilla should be Governor for two years. Nevertheless, Bonilla’s defense argues that the decision would have an impact on the state and the country. We’ve been told that the local Congress, led by the opposition, changed the law and shortened the governorship to two years and that when Bonilla registered himself as a candidate, he did so for a 5-year-governorship. We’ll see what happens.

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