Rivera hangs onto the Archbishop's Residence

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English 19/12/2017 09:44 Mexico City OPINION: Under Reserve Actualizada 09:47
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Rivera hangs onto the Archbishop's Residence

If the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Mexico City and its congregation believed for an instant that the succession of Cardinal Norberto Rivera was going to be affable, polite, and smooth, well they best put some popcorn in their microwave and get comfy to watch the events leading to February 5, when Cardinal Carlos Aguirre is set to take office of the Archdiocese of Mexico. Our sources say Mr. Norberto has grown a certain fondness for the Archbishop's Residence, located in Camelia street, where he has been living for the past 22 years. The Church has offered him an abode in Tlalpan but Mr. Norbeto seems reluctant to abandon the house of Carmelia street despite this is to be the new address of Mr. Carlos, an estate which the late Cardinal Ernesto Corripio also inhabited. Things will certainly get more compliacted. Holy Mother of God!

Annulment of the MORENA-PES alliance

The alliance of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) and the conservative Social Encounter Party (PES) is apparently not set in stone, according to our sources. The coalition agreed by and between Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and Hugo Eric Flores not only has some opposers inside MORENA but there are also several dissidents within the PES that could even seek the annulment of the alliance before a court. We've been told Mr. Hugo forewent consulting the other party forces and single-handedly decided to merge forces with AMLO. In the upcoming days, our sources say, this disagreement could be brought before the justice system and a petition might be filed to declare the union null and void.

The smiles of Ahued, Barrales, and Chertorivski

Resorting to high levels of self control moments before the method to appoint the candidate of the Coalition for Mexico City to the Front – formed by the National Action Party (PAN), Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), and the Citizen's Movement Party (MC) – the three aspiring candidates Armando Ahued, Alejandra Barrales, and Salomón Chertorivski had breakfast together at a centric restaurant in Mexico City with the local leader of the PRD, Raúl Flores. They posed for the cameras and gave us all their best smiles. The question is whether we will see their smiling faces again once a candidate is chosen to face the candidate of the National Regeneration Party (MORENA)...because out of those three beaming faces only one will become the Chosen One.

Another PRI outsider in Meade's campaign

We've been told someone new will join the campaign staff of José Antonio Meade, the aspiring presidential candidate of the center-right coalition of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the Green Party (PVEM), and the New Alliance Party (PANAL). And he is none other than Jaime González Aguadé, until yesterday, the president of the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV). Our sources claim this former official will become, specifically, part of the team led by Aurelio Nuño, campaign manager. We've been reminded that Mr. Jaime is part of Meade's inner circle and it was a matter of days, really, for him to join the people who want to see him become the President of the Mexican Republic this July 1. On the other hand, some PRI members have begun to say it's time for Meade to add to his staff more party members who have experience in winning elections, even if these members aren't necessarily friends of Meade because all that matters right now is to win the campaign.


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