On Monday November 27, José Antonio Meade Kuribeña resigned his post as Treasury Secretary to make public that he is officially running for Mexico’s presidency in 2018…
MERIDA – Two academics from the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY) give their advice about this situation, to explain better what this event represents for the whole country.
First Dr. Luis Ramírez Carrillo, explains that the unveiling practice, widely used in the PRI for so many years, represents a turn back to the times in which the current president determines who will be the next one to rule the country, a practice known in Mexico as “El Dedazo” (makes reference to the action of pointing with a finger to select someone). He assures that in this occasion the unveiling was made to keep together the whole political party because, till the day previous to the announcement, everybody in the PRI was working by themselves following their own personal interests and not the party ones.
Dr. Othón Baños Ramírez remarks that it is necessary to analyze separately the form in which the announcement was made and its content. “The Form: Once again, the country has witnessed the old PRI practice of an antidemocratic procedure where there is one decision taken by a few without taking into account the bases.” For the content, the researcher and professor of the UADY affirms that it was a message addressed to the wealthy, to the elites, to tell them that the country keeps stable.
What this means for Yucatan
Dr. Ramírez Carrillo thinks that the current federal deputy Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín is coming out as a candidate to be the next Yucatan governor; he explains that this would be a logical decision by the PRI, because this is a campaign that requires national experience and no local candidates. “The local candidates mean nothing to the federal authorities: Mauricio Sahuí, Víctor Caballero, Felipe Cervera, they do not have that long and deep experience in federal politics or anything like that”.
The academic believes that by now a huge reorganization will come to those who have been carrying a campaign like Mauricio Sahuí, maybe he could be relocated as candidate for Merida’s Council, but the researcher also believes that the council is a post already won by the PAN.
And for Mauricio Vila, “he will have to think twice if he is going for the governorship,” he says, because it is not the same thing running against a local candidate but against Ramirez Marín. That is another league not because of individual capabilities, but the resources and money makes a huge difference.” The PAN will have to rethink if they bet on the political capital and charisma of Mauricio Vila, who would surely win re-election in the council against the risk of losing both the State Government and the City Council to Ramirez Marín and Sahuí.
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