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Ricardo Anaya, national party leader of the PAN – File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
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Just our luck. Now the conservative National Action Party (PAN) has its own “ray of hope”. Early on yesterday, the national president of the party, Ricardo Anaya, said he is “focused on the integration of the Citizen's Front for Mexico, which in a few weeks has renewed the hopes and dreams of millions of Mexicans.” The hopeful message of Mr. Ricardo is part of his reply to the information presented by EL UNIVERSAL, where it was stated that the legal entity which bought from him an industrial bay for 53.7 millions of Mexican pesos gave as legal address a vacant lot, and that the economic profile of the company's owners which executed the millionaire transaction doesn't match that of an entrepreneur. We've been told that the attitudes of Anaya resemble with each passing day those of his political rival Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), to such an extent that back in 2006, the then-PRD (Democratic Revolution Party) member also considered himself a ray of hope, similarly as how today the PAN leader sees himself. Oh, the ironies of life, where now the PAN has his very own AMLO.

Presidential QC on humanitarian aid

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto surprised us all at the collection center in Campo Marte, where the supplies loading and selection for the victims of the earthquake takes place. With the flagpole of the flag used to wave the departure of a humanitarian aid caravan, Peña Nieto hit the side of a trailer and ordered it to stop to open a box and verify its contents. He talked with the driver and asked him to be careful, so the food and other consumables could arrive safe and sound, together with the basic products sent by the volunteers of the National System for the Comprehensive Development of the Family (DIF). Previously, the Head of State and his wife, Angélica Rivera, wrote in their own handwriting messages of support in the boxes the victims will receive.

The first clash of the Citizen's Front

We're told the first clash of the Citizen's Front for Mexico – formed by the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), the National Action Party (PAN), and the Citizen's Movement Party (MC) – happened yesterday, after the PAN and the PRD failed to agree on whether Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) will be invited to the project for 2018. The national leader of the PRD, Alejandra Barrales, said: “the door is still open to all opposition parties who are willing to relinquish selfish needs and desire for attention.” Yet, the national leader of the PAN, Ricardo Anaya, said that AMLO has an authoritarian and individualistic profile, reason why he “wouldn't fit in a plural exercise.” The fight seems quote futile for two reasons: the first, that while it hasn't been overtly stated, the Front is anti-AMLO; and the second, Mr. Manuel doesn't seem to be interested in joining the Front of the “citizens” Anaya, Barrales and Dante Delgado.

Eruviel under fire

Less than 100 hours after stepping down from his position as Governor of the State of Mexico, and Eruviel Ávila is already coming under political fire. Our sources say today he will face his first lawsuit demanding that all the resources he spent during the six years of his administration be audited. It seems hundreds of tax lawyers, together with the independent presidential candidate nominee, Pedro Ferriz, will appear before the Federal Administrative Courts to demand the Higher Auditing Office of the Federation to review each peso the former governor spent, as well as the budgets of Javier Duarte in Veracruz, Humberto Moreira in Coahuila and César Duarte in Chihuahua, under alleged corruption and illicit enrichment. They claim the Higher Auditing Office only reviewed 9% of the resources spent by the governors per year – a measure they consider encourages corruption and impunity. Without a doubt, it's important to know how these people spend our public funds, yet this is a very selective audit, isn't it? Considering it's only Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) members the ones who are requested to be audited. What about the National Action Party (PAN), Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and Green Party governors? Are they indeed trustworthy?


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