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Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

Baja California politician Roberto Dávalos sees possibility of various coalitions forming in legislature

By David Gaddis Smith, MexicoPerspective

      Roberto DavalosRoberto Dávalos of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), who was elected to the Baja California state legislature in July, sees the possibility of various coalitions forming to pass legislation.

       In a talk Saturday to the Grupo Política Tijuana, he called the two four-party coalitions that took part in the July 7 election only "electoral coalitions" and saw the possibility of various other coalitions forming to get the legislature's work done. A ninth party, the Citizens Movement, also has two representatives in the 25-seat legislature.

        Dávalos said the Institutional Revolutionary Party had thought it would have an easy time of it in this year's gubernatorial and legislative elections after President Enrique Peña Nieto won the state and the party only lost one congressional district in 2012 and dominated the state legislature in 2010 elections. But Dávalos said the National Action Party's decision to form a coalition with the PRD, the teachers union-allied New Alliance Party and the Baja California State Party was able to turn things around. The PAN-PRD coalition won 12 legislative seats and the governor's race, while the PRI coalition won 11 seats.
       Dávalos, a former Tijuana councilman, long was a member and leader of the PRI before joining the PRD.

       Dávalos did not have kind words for the national leaders of the PRI, the PAN, and even his own party. He said all had betrayed Mexico.

       The long of short of this is that it does not appear that his own electoral coalition will be able to count on his vote.

        He was opposed to Peña Nieto's energy reform proposal, said the education reform really wasn't one, and opposed boosting the value-added tax along the border from 11% to 16%. He said he thought law-enforcement authorities too often have been on the take from drug traffickers and have not effectively fought other crime. He said Mexico's last loss of territory was not the land it gave up or sold after losing a war to the United States in the 1840s; instead, he considered the latest loss of national territory to be the division of Gulf of Mexico deepwater oil zones between Mexico and the United States.

       He said he was worried about the state's debt and that of Baja California's five municipalities and thought the legislature might act to not allow the entities to accumulate any more debt.

   He said water issues are very important for the state, noting that water has to be pumped up 500 meters to make it over the mountains and over to Tijuana.

PAN coalition
PAN 7 seats
New Alliance 2 seats
Baja California State Party 2 seats
PRD 1 seat

PRI coalition
PRI 7 seats
Workers Party 2 seats
Green Party 1 seat
Social Encounter Party 1 seat

Citizens Movement 2 seats