Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mexican "Green party" goes for Enrique Peña Nieto in 2012

It was hardly news, and moreover the presentation of it was quite botched, given another event held nearby by Marcelo Ebrard. Jorge Emilio González Martínez of the PVEM "Green party" (in quotation marks as it was long kicked out of the Green International, and is a party fully devoid of any pro-environmental agenda) announced that the PVEM will back Enrique Peña Nieto as its presidential candidate in 2012.

It was an embarrassing spectacle: The official occasion was the informe or activities report, so to speak, of Senator René Arce Islas, elected on a PRD label yet ditched it for the PRI and is now.. a PVEM senator!
Embarrassing for many reasons, including that Arce was in the middle of his speech yet was forced to stop it when Enrique Peña Nieto showed up. The former Mexico State governor, for his part, expressed support for Beatriz Paredes Rangel as the PRI's contender in 2012 to be mayor of Mexico city. This is exactly, however, what Arce is going for, and the equivalent of a cold shower on those ambitions.

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