Peña Nieto-Anaya dialogue?

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Peña Nieto-Anaya dialogue?
Ricardo Anaya (left) & Enrique Peña Nieto (right) - File photos/EL UNIVERSAL
English 29/04/2018 09:53 Mexico City OPINION: Under Reserve Actualizada 09:53

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Peña Nieto-Anaya dialogue?

We're told that for both, the presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya and his campaign team, a dialogue to approach the federal government is unfeasible, particularly with President Enrique Peña Nieto. They say odds are strongly against this move because words were given and then broken. We weren't told the whats or the whens but a shadow of mistrusts is certainly there. This comes after the meeting with the members of the Citibanamex Group, where journalist and analyst Leonardo Curzio asked if the coalition "For Mexico to the Front" would schedule a meeting with the current Head of State. We're told this is unthinkable, as they mistrust all members of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). “I'm fully willing to build with whom we have to build to win this election and give more visibility to the future of the country,” said Anaya before the bankers this Friday, however. Yet some wonder within the conservative National Action Party (PAN), why he didn't start doing that within the party, to begin with?

A challenge for Meade

This Sunday, the campaign of José Antoni Meade will face a challenge. The candidate of the coalition “All for Mexico” will go to Tapachula, Chiapas to accompany Roberto Albores Gleasson in the kickoff of his campaign as he runs for governor of the state, according to the decision of the coalition between the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the center-right Green Party (PVEM). Gleasson is accused by PRI and PVEM members of having imposed himself as the candidate and thus the main reason behind the PRI-PVEM breakup. By the way, Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Fernando Coello – grand father of the current Chiapas Governor Manuel Velasco Coello – were seen sharing a pleasant meal yesterderat at a restaurant close to Comalcalco, Tabasco.

Mexicans First, put to the test

We're told this Monday the Complaints and Reports Commision of the National Electoral Institute (INE) will hold a meeting and one of the priority items in the agenda is the complained filed by Jorge Alcover regarding the advertisement in favor of the education reform which promotes “Mexicans First.” The complaint demands precautionary measures be taken for the advertisement and the explanation contains similar words to those uttered by councilor Benito Nacif: “what the election legislation prohibits is the placement and acquisition of political propaganda with electoral purposes, that is, propaganda in favor or against a political party or candidate which influences in the fairness of the contest.” Councilors insisted they have no comments thus far as they need to decide on a resolution. Let's see what they agree on and whether the ad passes the test. Gulp.

Backup for Margarita Zavala arrives

Margarita Zavala's campaign is starting to take shape. We're told that current and former members of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) are ready to weave a support network across several states of the Republic to protect the votes for Zavala. Our sources say the former PAN Governor of Nuevo León, Fernando Canales is the man in charge in this state while former PAN governor Alberto Cárdenas will do his thing in Jalisco, similarly to former Governor José Guadalupe Osuna in Baja California. This same week, the former Minister of health and Education during the Calderón administration, José Angel Córdova, will be deployed in Guanajuato, a PAN stronghold. According to campaign members of the independent candidate, there will be more admissions in the upcoming days.