Tag Archives: Alejandro Encinas

PAN-PRD alliances move forward

PRD Secretary General Hortensia Aragón confirmed that the party’s National Political Commission planned to endorse electoral alliances with the PAN in Durango, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, and possibly Puebla in this July’s state elections. She noted that the PRD did not have any real candidates of its own in these states. Her view was backed, importantly, by Alejandro Encinas, AMLO’s representative in the PRD leadership. Encinas (the head of the PRD delegation in the Chamber) denied that the alliances were like “mixing oil and water,” since no formal ideological commitments were being made. The most prominent likely joint gubernatorial candidates are Gabino Cué in Oaxaca and Xóchitl Gálvez in Hidalgo. (Universal 1/22)

PAN and PRD set congressional leadership

The PAN chose Josefina Vázquez Mota as the party’s leader in the new Chamber of Deputies, over former Government Secretary Francisco Ramírez Acuña, while the PRD selected Alejandro Encinas as its leader.  The second move was a surprise, since AMLO-protégé Encinas lost a bitter PRD leadership contest to Jesús Ortega last year. Encinas and Ortega were seen having breakfast in a Mexico City hotel during the week, in another public sign of the efforts to stitch up the divisions within the PRD. The PRI has not yet announced its congressional leader. (Excelsior 8/17)

Electoral Tribunal creates new chaos inside PRD

The Federal Electoral Tribunal overturned the PRD primary election for mayor of the borough of Iztapalapa, one of the PRD’s strongholds in Mexico City. The Tribunal revoked the results from 47 voting stations, giving the victory to Silvia Oliva (of the New Left wing headed by Jesús Ortega) instead of Clara Brugada (of the United Left wing of AMLO-protégé Alejandro Encinas). Control over a major part of the PRD’s patronage machine in the capital is at stake, since the borough “is capable of organizing true armies of people, in favor or against any party or political movement,” said columnist Ricardo Alemán. He also predicted, “There will be massive confusion. Clara Brugada’s name will probably be on the ballot, without being the candidate…. Silvia Oliva has no money to campaign, since Brugada has already spent it.” (Reforma 6/12, Universal 6/14)