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Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

Former PAN and PRD leaders form new party, Concertación Mexicana

It joins López Obrador's new party, Morena, in seeking registration from the IFE

      manuel-espinoFormer National Action Party president Manuel Espino heads a group of leaders from all political stripes that on Tuesday sought to register a new political party, Concertación Mexicana, which could be roughly translated as the Consensus Party. Among the meanings of concertación are agreement, pact, coordination, harmonizing, reconciliation, and social harmony. He said the new party would be non-ideological and work for the good of Mexico's citizenry. Story in Frontera (PDF).

       The magazine Vértigo said another top Concertación member is Patricia Mercado, who ran for president on the Social Democrat Party ticket in 2006. That party, founded in 2005, lost its registration in 2009. That party is planning to seek re-registration  before the IFE this week. Another member of Concertación is René Arce, a former top member of the Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD.

       amloEarlier this month, Andrés Manuel López Obrador's new Morena party also sought registration with the IFE. He ran for president under the banner of the Democratic Revolution Party, among others, in 2006 and 2012. The president of Morena is former top Mexico City official Martí Batres.

     To register with the Federal Electoral Institute and participate in the 2015 federal elections, a party must have 219,608 members, and must get 2% of the national vote to keep its registration. Story on the registration process, Vértigo.

       Mexico's seven political parties this year will divide 3.7 billion pesos (U.S. $290 million). If Morena and Concertación are officially approved as parties, they would be able to start receiving public funds in 2014.

        May 2012: Espino backs Institutional Revolutionary Party's Enrique Peña Nieto for president.