Salinas de Gortari butted in the PRI's internal election

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Salinas de Gortari butted in the PRI's internal election
Salinas had something to do with the new PRI presidency – Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 16/07/2018 10:50 Mexico City Under Reserve Actualizada 10:54
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Salinas had something to do with the new PRI presidency

As early as today, we're told, René Juárez Cisneros will quit the national PRI presidency to work on becoming the PRI bench's coordinator in the Chamber of Deputies in the next legislature, that starts on September 1st. We're told Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas will take over the PRI presidency. Several PRI members interpret Mrs. Claudia's arrival as a way for her uncle, the former President, Carlos Salinas de Gortai, to take control of the party. These same voices say that Mr. Carlos has also butted in the incoming PAN internal election, they claim that he's supporting one of the candidates to substitute Ricardo Anaya. Will it be that the former President doesn't trust Andrés Manuel López Obrador's sincerity? Who has offered peace and love, and just in case, looks for allies everywhere.

Airing dirty diplomatic laundry

More than 20 years later, some of the diplomats' dirty laundry begins to surface. In 1996, the then ambassador of Mexico in Ireland, Agustín Gutiérrez Canet, was fired by then chancellor, José Ángel Gurría, with the argument that he didn't trust him. Although the real reason had more to do with the meeting they held in Ireland with the former President, Carlos Salinas de Gortari, and the intellectual, Jorge Castañeda Gutman, that was seen by the government as a kind of meeting to plot against the President, Ernesto Zedillo. Gutiérrez Canet, lent Castañeda the official residence in Dublin while he and his wife were on a holiday in Rome. Gutiérrez Canet was accused of promoting the meeting and as a consequence was fired. We're told that eventually, Zedillo learned the truth, that the one who organized the meeting between Castañeda and Salinas was the then ambassador of Mexico in England, and Castañeda's brother, Andrés Rozental Gutman, who was then removed from the London embassy. This story becomes relevant now that the career ambassador, Martha Bárcena, Gutiérrez Canet's wife, will be nominated to the Senate by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, as the head of Mexico's diplomatic mission in Washington.

And the resignations at the PAN? we're wondering

Juan Ignacio Zavala Jr., a PAN member, and Margarita Zavala's nephew is rubbing salt into the wound. In his Twitter account, he posted a message that describes the size of the crisis the PAN is going through. He wrote that in 2009, the PAN had 147 federal congressmen and that the electoral blow suffered by the party was such that the next day, their then leader, Germán Martínez, quit. In 2018, the PAN will only have 84 seats in Congress, and 10 days later, there hasn't been one resignation, and to finish off he said: “And then we're surprised by the results”.

AMLO misses Anaya and Meade?

Is it possible that the virtual President-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador misses his former adversaries? The thing is he will see them soon. Yesterday, he confirmed that although he hasn't met with José Antonio Meade and Ricardo Anaya, he eventually will. The subject that came out after the reporters asked him if it's true that he had offered Meat a position in the Bank of Mexico. Mr. Andrés said that he hasn't met with Meade yet, but that he will. Although it's worth remembering a couple of things. The Bank of Mexico governor works during a 6 year period and the actual governor, Alejandro Díaz de León Carillo, took office last December 1st and he will be in office until December 31st, 2021. Later this year there will be a vacancy in the central bank, as Deputy Governor, a position occupied by Manuel Ramos-Francia, and whose term will come to an end. Does Meade see himself as the second in command?


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