OPINION: Is PRI’s Mauricio Sahuí Rivero the right candidate to run for governor in Yucatan?

Mauricio Sahuí Rivero (Photo: La Voz de Motul)

The current State Secretary of Social Development, Mauricio Sahuí Rivero, is the official PRI candidate for the Yucatan government to compete in the 2018 elections.

The national PRI issued the call to elect the pre-candidate to the government of Yucatan, on Wednesday December 13, and immediately on Thursday 14 it was announced that the official candidate to compete for the governorship of Yucatan was Mauricio Sahuí Rivero.

(Photo: La Revista Peninsular)


The document states that those interested in being candidates have until December 23 from 11:00 am till 1:00 pm to register their candidacy. The document also specifies that the 25% of the support to the candidate must come from social and civil associations, along with other 25% from the local party affiliates.

To be accepted as candidate, Sahuí resigned to his current position as State Secretary of Social Development.

Those who are pre-candidates can make pre-campaign from December 25 up to February 11. Sahuí Rivero was among the finalists in the search for the candidacy along with the PRI federal representatives Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín and Pablo Gamboa Miner.

Mauricio Sahuí Rivero (Photo: La Voz de Motul)


Sahuí Rivero has a law degree from the Autonomous University of Yucatan and a master’s degree from the George Washington University. He was a federal representative in 2009 and coordinator of the PRI legislators in the Congress of the Union.

But the problem with Mr. Sahui, is the fact that he is considered one of the close collaborators of the controversial former Yucatan governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco, who has been accused by other political parties of illicit personal enrichment and acquisiton of large pieces of land all over the state of Yucatan, using some of her relatives’ names as buyers.

Sahuí Rivero was the Secretary of Social Development of the State of Yucatan and has been the promoter of social programs such as “Mejoramiento y Combate a la Pobreza Extrema” (Improving and Combating Extreme Poverty), but many people in small towns and rural communities across the state of Yucatan, don’t even know who the man is.

For many a Yucatecan, Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín was the “natural” PRI candidate to run for governor, but it seems like he is focusing in continuing his political career, without placing himself under the spotlight. Something similar to what his colleague and also Yucatecan Emilio Gamboa Patrón has achieved throughout decades, becoming one of the most powerful politicians in Mexico (by the way, the aforementioned representative Pablo Gamboa Miner is Emilio’s son).

The election in Yucatan will take place next year and the PAN just recently announced that Merida mayor Mauricio Vila Dosal will be their candidate.

Vila Dosal is quite popular and according to many Mérida residents, he has done a good job as mayor of the Yucatecan capital, although, he is not very well known in small towns and rural communities across the state, and the PRI usually works out the victory, with “unconventional strategies” precisely directed to those vulnerable sectors of society.

Only time will tell if PRI’s Mauricio Sahuí Rivero is the right candidate to run for governor in Yucatan.

 

By Alejandro Azcárate for The Yucatan Times.

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DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed hereby are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Yucatan Times.


 





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