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Lopez Obrador calls for unity in the middle of the lawsuit between Monreal and Sansores

The President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, during his morning conference on October 26, 2022, in Mexico City.Galo Canas Rodriguez (Cuartoscuro)

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has asked Senator Ricardo Monreal and the Governor of Campeche, Layda Sansores, to cease hostilities. “We must seek unity,” the president insisted on Wednesday. The president’s statements came just a few hours after Sansores leaked a WhatsApp conversation attributed to Monreal with Alejandro wing Moreno, the national president of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and accused him of being a “traitor” on his weekly television program Jaguar Tuesday. Lopez Obrador has not commented on the specific accusations against Monreal of moving influence while the PRI leader was investigated by the authorities.

The president has also avoided taking sides and has resorted to a phrase that he had already said this week: “I love Layda very much and I respect Ricardo Monreal a lot.” Sansores presented a series of messages exchanged between Alito and the senator in 2020 to accuse his party partner, Morena’s main political operator in the Senate and candidate for the presidential candidacy, of having a parallel pact with the PRI. “He is a traitor who plays the victim,” said the governor.

“Nothing distracts us, neither the artifice games, nor the disqualifications nor the intrigues,” Monreal replied from the Senate in a video posted on his social networks after the leak. The senator hinted that “at the time he will exercise his right” to take legal action against Sansores after accusing a “dirty war” within his own party to curb his political aspirations. “Let’s not fall into provocations. Let us seek reconciliation,” he declared. Alito exposed his support for the senator and questioned the veracity of the leaked messages. “Once again the governor manipulating and altering conversations,” Moreno wrote on his social networks.

“You must not have enemies,” commented Lopez Obrador, in a conciliatory tone. “Not even the opponents, the conservatives, must be seen as enemies, they are adversaries,” added the president. The president has briefly said that perhaps the appropriate thing was to “offer an apology”, before digressing and assuring that he himself had been the victim of a “dirty war”.

The president seemed to seek a balance to prevent the “dirty war” from evolving into a “fratricidal war,” in Monreal’s own words, but at the same time sending the message that it is normal for there to be differences within his political formation. The senator has also clashed this week with Claudia Sheinbaum, head of the Government of Mexico City and a leader in the race for Morena’s presidential candidacy in 2024. “That there is controversy and that the nation project be defended, because that is defending to the town, but do not fall into the politicking much less in the insult, the insult, the humiliation”, Lopez Obrador has said. The president of Morena, Mario Delgado, has opted for silence, despite the fact that he echoed other leaks about Alito and alleged acts of corruption that Sansores uncovered in recent months.

Sansores said he had hundreds of messages from Monreal’s phone, as well as 800 other packages of information from other people, although he has not revealed the source. “I am not a spy, it was material that reached us and I feel obliged to report it,” the governor commented, anticipating criticism and suspicions that she was using her position to attack her political rivals, including those of her own. match. In the midst of an anticipated race for the presidential succession in the 2024 elections, the most voted party in Mexico seeks that the aspirations of its main figures do not take their toll on the formation and has asked them, above all things, “unity ” and “loyalty” to the president’s political project.

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