The Mexico Institute, AL DÍA: News and Analysis from the Mexico Institute, 5/23/12
Each morning, through the Mexico Portal feature, “¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día”, we will bring you an assortment of op-ed pieces from five major Mexican dailies: Reforma, El Universal, La Jornada, Excelsior and Milenio. Enjoy!
Cada día, por la entrada titulada, “¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día”, vamos a traerles un surtido de artículos de opinión de cinco periódicos populares de México: Reforma, El Universal, La Jornada, Excelsior y Milenio. ¡Que lo disfruten!
Templo Mayor: Former members of other political parties are now expressing their support for the PRI leading presidential candidate; Considering that almost 80 million voters are young people between 18 and 29 years old, the PRI is increasingly concerned about catering to this sector of the population; Josefina Vázquez Mota was the only presidential candidate at the Cumbre Ciudadana to receive a huge applause from the audience.
Bajo Reserva, “Negociación fina de Peña Nieto”: After an initial refusal to participate in the forum on human rights organized by civil society, Peña Nieto finally accepted to attend; U.S. authorities determined that Tomás Yarrington, former PRI governor of Tamaulipas, received bribes from drug traffickers; There were no glitches between Vázquez Mota and UNAM dean, José Narro, at the presentation of the PAN candidate at this institution; The mysterious man who approached López Obrador with a gun has not yet been publicly identified; Attorney generals will meet this week in Monterrey to discuss ways in which to curtail the violence caused by organized crime.
Clase Política, Miguel Ángel Rivera, “La adhesión de Espino”: Former president of PAN, Manuel Espino, will join the campaign team of Enrique Peña Nieto; Vázquez Mota now trails in third place in the electoral polls; Federal and state governments recommend the López Obrador campaign team to stay in touch with authorities in order to clarify who approached the presidential candidate with a gun at his presentation in Ecatepec; At the Foro Nacional sobre Seguridad y Justicia, the president of the Justice Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, Humberto Benítez Treviño, demanded an extraordinary period to create justice laws for teenagers, for protection and for the Federal Code of Criminal Procedures.
Jorge Fernández Menéndez, “Espino (¿y el foxismo?) con Peña”: Ever since the creation of the movement Volver a Empezar, it was obvious that Manuel Espino would end up joining the rank of the PRI, contends Fernández Menéndez.
Leo Zuckermann, “Por qué Peña le agradecería a AMLO”: What unites the Mexican left-wing political parties and the PAN is obviously their anti-PRI sentiment. This presents a problem, however, as the anti-PRI vote is divided. According to the poll released by Consulta Mitofsky, Peña Nieto has 47% of effective voter approval, which means that 53% of the electorate refuses to vote for the PRI and that this group is divided from within between preferences for López Obrador, Vázquez Mota and Quadri.
Trascendió: The security measures to protect Peña Nieto at the Cumbre Ciudadana included metal detectors; During her visit in Coahuila and Chihuahua Vázquez Mota will receive protection from the Federal Police; Javier Sicilia continues to negotiate with the four presidential candidates asking to meet with him and the other victims of violence at the Castillo de Chapultepec.