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War over candidacies at the Front

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Ricardo Anaya in Monterrey – Photo: Berenice Fregoso/EL UNIVERSAL
04/02/2018
09:43
Mexico City
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War over candidacies at the Front

The Citizen's Front for Mexico, a coalition formed at a national level by the conservative National Action Party (PAN), the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), and the center-left Citizen's Movement Party (MC), failed to achieve a consensus in the state of Nuevo León. This Saturday, the aspiring presidential candidate of the Front, Ricardo Anaya, was at the northern state expecting to meet with members of the PAN only; however, members of the left parties show up at the event. This local division has spawned “key” contestants vying for the candidacy to the Senate, such as Waldo Fernandez of the PRD, and Samuel García of the MC. Yet we've been told that within the PAN, the contest between Víctor Pérez and Víctor Fuentes – who chose to fight for a seat at the Senate rather than be reelected as Mayor of San Nicolás de los Garza –  will be tight. Members of the PRD in Nuevo León claim there won't be a confusion on election day because the dispute is at a local level; at a national one they support Ricardo Anaya.

The PRI sees warning lights

The national leadership of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), led by Enrique Ochoa, is at risk of creating their own nightmare with the appointment of candidacies, which given current times, would make it complicated to see them succeed on election day. We were told the tale of the incredible story of the appointment of Manuel Narváez in Nayarit, who will be running for senator. Apparently, he lost as Mayor of the town of Santiago Ixcuintla. Having some names with better chances, our sources say, the die was cast on a losing option that can have a negative impact on the presidential election for the PRI...

Barbosa heats things up

We're told that in his first two pre-campaign days running as Governor of Puebla, Miguel Barbosa heated things up during his speech against the former governor of the state Rafael Moreno Valle. First, Barbosa said he would see to it that the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the conservative National Action Party (PAN) went to “fuck themselves”; then he claimed that “the motherfucker” – Mr. Rafael – was going to be held accountable for his administration. According to our sources, Mr. Miguel is also about to incur in anticipated campaign acts since he has called people to vote, and for the citizens of Puebla to take others to vote, but he hasn't said for whom yet.

AMLO doesn't lose his sense of humor

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who is in Puebla this weekend, recalled the whole thing about there being a conspiracy against him. At the beginning of a rally in the town of Chiautla, the microphone suffered some technical issues and, joking, Mr. Obrador said: “This is a conspiracy. This thing is hexed.” His words made the people at the rally laugh.

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