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Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

PRI leader calls PAN leader Gustavo Madero
a 'pirate Madero' on re-election issue,
saying Revolution leader Francisco Madero opposed re-election

Humberto Moreira's comments may be really more
an internal PRI issue,
however, directed
at PRI presidential aspirant Manlio Fabio Beltrones

Moreira also sees Vázquez Mota, López Obrador as PRI's opponents

humberto moreiraInstitutional Revolutionary Party President Humberto Moreira (left) said Monday that he saw Josefina Vázquez Mota of the National Action Party and populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador as the PRI's opponents in the July 1 election. He said the PRI still has a huge electoral advantage. He said the PAN's Santiago Creel and Ernesto Cordero have been surpassed by Vázquez Mota and doesn't see them making up the lost ground.

gustavo maderoMoreira called PAN President Gustavo Madero (right) a "pirate Madero" because Madero backs the re-election of legislators and municipal council members in Mexico. "We have a pirate Madero, the authentic Madero was against that (re-election,)" Moreira said. In 1910, Mexican Revolution leader Francisco I. Madero opposed re-election, as then-President Porfirio Díaz had been serving as a regularly re-elected dictator for decades. Story in Frontera. Gustavo Madero is a great-nephew of Francisco Madero.

Most political experts say Mexico's no-re-election policy is hurting the country as it loses institutional memory with every election and as it gives more power to political party leaders and less to the will enrique pena nietoof the people. But the PAN governments of Vicente Fox (2000-2006) and Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) were unable to get re-election passed. The PRI presidential frontrunner, former Mexico state Gov. Enrique Peña Nieto (right), is opposed to re-election. It is one of the few issues he has taken a stand on. Mention of the issue in Proceso's special issue on Peña Nieto. Political analyst José Antonio Crespo says Peña Nieto's opposition to re-election likely will keep Mexico as an archaic anomaly among the world's democracies. Crespo's take on Peña Nieto. Peña Nieto on the issue with Reforma.

manlio fabio beltronesPeña Nieto's main opponent for the PRI nomination, Sonora Sen. Manlio Fabio Beltrones (left), is for reelection. Last month, a Chamber of Deputies committee on constitutional issues left re-election out of a Senate package of political reforms now being considered by the lower house. Story on how Beltrones has been asked to accept the Chamber committee's decision.

Sinaloa Sen. Francisco Labastida, a PRIista who lost the 2000 election to Fox, said leaving the re-francisco labastidaelection issue out of the political reform package "is a brake on the democratic life of the country." During his 2000 campaign, Labastida said he would work to allow the re-election of legislators and municipal council members.
Story, An interview with Labastida about re-election.