Videgaray vs Osorio Chong?

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English 20/02/2018 09:27 Mexico City OPINION: Under Reserve Actualizada 09:27
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Videgaray vs Osorio Chong?

Our sources in the team of Chancellor Luis Videgaray have told us that those who see in the future a fight between the Minister of Foreign Affairs with the former Minister of the Interior, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, over the coordinations at the Senate will be kept waiting: there's no match scheduled. And there won't be. Why? Because Mr. Luis has sworn his name isn't on the list of plurinominal candidates of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). “For all of you who get creative while writing your columns, allow me to say again: I'm not looking – nor will I look – for a candidacy to the Senate or any other public office. Thank you for your attention,” posted Videgaray on Twitter. Thus, our sources say, it's crystal clear there isn't, and there will not be, a contest, fight, match, or anything similar between both politicians because the Minister of Foreign Affairs will remain in his post as he has done so far. Ok, ok, we get it!

Generals to the front

In his last act as Supreme Commander of the armed forces during the ceremony in honor of the Armed Forces Day, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto handed out several medals out of which the first four stood out: the first to be awarded a “military distinction” for promoting the relationship between the Armed Forces with allied countries was General Roble Arturo Granados, Undersecretary of National Defense. The second was General Eduardo Emilio Zárate, for the adequate management of the budget assigned to the Ministry. The third award for “distinguished services” was for General Ángel Prior Valencia, dean of the Military College. And the fourth, also for “distinguished services”, for his loyalty and service was General Roberto Francisco Miranda, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Is there some sort of succession message in the awarding of these medals?

Will PAN members spill blue blood?

If you thought the carnage for the candidacies within the conservative National Action Party (PAN) was over, think again. We're told that there could be some bloodshed today since the Permanent Commission will announce the plurinominal candidacies for the Chamber of Deputies. Similarly to what happened last weekend, when Chihuahua Governor Javier Corral discredited the selection and appointment process for plurinominal senators, it is expected that the seats at the Lower Chamber will also be heavily contested and criticized. The situation may become explosive when some “blue bloods” who were left out of the Senate find out today they have also been left out of the Lower Chamber.

Not going down without a fight

It all seems to point out that today during the session of the Senate, the allied group of the far-left Labor Party (PT) and the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) won't “go down without a fight” when the Political Coordination Board Agreement is presented to remove the president of the Foreign Affairs Commission, Senator Gabriela Cuevas, former member of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) who has converted to the doctrine of López Obrador. The PAN stated that now that Ms. Gabriela has left the party to join the ranks of Andrés Manuel, she should be removed from her position as it was given to her for being a PAN member. We're told that the supporters of Senator Manuel Bartlett will try to stop the PAN – with the support of their today allies, the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) – from regaining this post. However, our sources say that even though AMLO supporters have a right to fight back, the battle is virtually lost.


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