Friday, August 17, 2012

Left summit says it will respect election tribunal ruling

A summit of leftwing forces in Mexico - legislators of the PRD, MC, PT, and notably sitting and newly elected governors of Oaxaca, Guerrero, Tabasco, Morelos, and Mexico - proclaimed at its summit Cumbre de la izquierda mexicana in Guerrero that it will seek unity to promote leftwing causes in Congress as well as through its 4 governors and Chief of the Federal District/Mexico City mayor in a broad coalition.

It also notably stated it will respect the upcoming verdict from the TEPJF, Mexico's electoral tribunal, on the 2012 presidential elections. More notably still, the left's 2012 candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) did not appear at the event.

It also vowed to promote a left agenda that will reject abrogation of worker rights, privatize the PEMEX oil company, or raise VAT on foods and medicines. Little was mentioned, it seems of a more constructive or propositive program: Its manifesto, however welcome for the left as a broad statement of purpose, still reads nonetheless primarily as a reactive agenda.

Ebrard: izquierda impulsará consensos. El Universal, Aug. 16, 2012
El TEPJF debe hacer valer la ley y acataremos su fallo. La Jornada, Aug. 16, 2012
Seguirá la lucha tras el fallo del Tribunal: PRD. El Universal, Aug. 17, 2012
Luchar para devolver la banda de 2.5 a MVS, acuerda la izquierda. La Jornada, Aug. 17, 2012


  1. After the rather dispiriting presidential "election" and the blatant collusion of the electoral authorities, it's little wonder that the left can only react to the status quo. It's attempt to be a proactive force by winning the presidency (for better or worse) was effectively nipped in the bud by the powers that be, but hopefully using a more effective strategy after this election will convince the left to seek long-term goals that go beyond trying to stop what looks like an unholy and unofficial PRI-PAN alliance to preserve those parties' politicians'/masters' respective privileges.

    I really wish that the left would do something dramatic to stop all of this - apparently alliterations to a "Mexican Spring/Summer" along the lines of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions were woefully premature. As much as I hope I'm wrong, the momentum to raise public outrage and challenge this filthy excuse for an election has come and gone. The architects of the system of Mexican "democracy" like IFE and the TEPJF may live in a third world country (that these "men" help keep as such) but they are first-rate pros at making sure the ordinary public forever stays on the sidelines and follows its whims (through lengthy and extended legal processes that fatigue the public into submission).

    Pobre Mexico, cuando despertaras???

  2. "lengthy and extended legal processes that fatigue the public into submission" - I may not wholly agree with that statement, in terms of it being necessarily a deliberate strategy from the authorities, but it is for sure an eloquent one. Thanks for reading, Beco