Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Martí Batres Guadarrama

The once-powerful Mexico City Secretary of Social Development Martí Batres Guadarrama will likely leave the government of the Distrito Federal headed by Marcelo Ebrard in near future. After Ebrard made it tacitly (or not so tacitly) clear that Batres would not be the next Chief of Government of Mexico City, Ebrard stepped up his activism and participation of AMLO events. Ebrard retaliated by taking away several responsibilities from Batres' portfolio. 

Batres is one of the top leaders of Izquierda Social, a social-movement oriented offshoot of the IDN, led by the Bejarano couple, and represents the most radical wing of the PRD - not necessary radical in terms of left/right, but radical as in having absolutely no respect for institutions, preferring to storm the Congress podium and engage in fistfights to seek to block legislation from being passed. Now, Batres has stepped up his criticisms of the PAN-PRD alliances, which are backed by Marcelo Ebrard, to the point of participating in AMLO's barnstorming of Mexico State to oppose them. Expect him to be replaced soon. 

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