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PAN and PRD in Coalition, Clash Over Electoral Alliances

National Action Party and Democratic Revolutionary Party joined forces to defeat the PRI in three states, but not all members see the partnership positively
By The News · 08 of June 2016 18:59:55
A PAN-PRD alliance candidate Carlos Joaquín González, of Quintana Roo, with his family, No available, photo: Notimex/Francisco Gálvez

The benches of the National Action Party (PAN) and the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) in the Permanent Commission in Congress, were confronted for the past alliances of their parties to win the governorships of Durango, Quintana Roo and Veracruz, to again bring a political alternative to the country.

While the coordinators of PAN in Congress, Fernando Herrera Avila in the Senate and Marko Cortés Mendoza in the Chamber of Deputies, thanked the PRD for their contribution to political change in these states that have been bastions of the PRI; while the PRD coordinator in the Senate Miguel Barbosa Huerta deplored this political alliance in which he believes has merely been annexed by the PAN.

Herrera Avila, leader of the PAN faction in the Senate, highlighted the importance of his party’s alliance with the PRD, to achieve electoral victories in these three states.

“The contribution of the PRD is fundamental. Partnerships are here to stay. Mexico is a country of contrasts, is a mosaic that requires the vision of all political parties. And to that extent the government projects and programs that include more voices, more expressions, it will be more likely to win in future elections,” he said.

60529249. San Pedro Cholula, Pue. 29 May. 2016 (Notimex-Carlos Pacheco).- Roxana Luna Porquillo, candidata a la gubernatura de Puebla por el Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD), aseguró que su gobierno será eficaz, transparente, rendirá cuentas y honesto. En la explanada del Parque Soria y acompañada por el senador Luis Miguel Barbosa Huerta. NOTIMEX/FOTO/CARLOS PACHECO/FRE/POL/VOTO16/PUE

Senator Luis Miguel Barbosa Huerta (C) supports PRD candidate Roxana Luna Porquillo for governor of Puebla. Photo: Notimex/Carlos Pacheco

The coordinator of the PAN in San Lázaro, Cortés Mendoza, also said that the PRD was instrumental factor in his party achieve democratic alternation.

“Of course the PRD was critical to achieve success in Veracruz, Durango and Quintana Roo, and we appreciate the PRD alliance we achieved. In these three states, no doubt, the PAN-PRD alliance was instrumental and we appreciate the benefit of citizens,” Cortés Mendoza said.

However, Barbosa Huerta, coordinator of the PRD in the Senate, demanded the door closed to the visions they only see the PRD as a hinge party, or as a balance towards the 2018 elections.

“It is not part of the strategy of the PRI to detain Andrés Manuel López Obrador, nor part of the PAN strategy to return to power. The PRD can not become the PAN’s Green Party,” Barbosa Huerta said. “I’m continue saying alliances with the PAN have hurt us, they hurt us and we will end up dying if we are in 2017 and 2018 with that party.”

For its part, the coordinator of the Green Party in the Chamber of Deputies, Jesús Sesma Suárez, called the PAN to calm down and not boast of their electoral victories.

“And of course the birthdays are celebrated. But, they are celebrated with a Mañanitas and are blowing out the candles. I lement very much that the PAN continues celebrating its birthday four days later,” Sesma Suárez said.

The Green Party member said that all parties have to do a necessary introspection of what it is they want and where they want to go in the future.