Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón. Photo: Google


Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) on Friday, Sept. 4, denied the political organization founded by former President Felipe Calderón and his wife Margarita Zavala the right to be considered a political party.

The group, known as Libertad y Responsabilidad Democrática (Freedom and Democratic Responsibility), or simply México Libre (Free Mexico), was denied the right to register as a party by the INE’s General Council in a 7 to 4 vote late Friday, allegedly on the grounds that the source of over 5 percent of its funding was not clearly identified.

Calderón, an open critic and favorite target of current Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), immediately sent out a tweet calling the INE’s claims “ridiculous” and assuring supporters that the ruling would not stop México Libre’s participation in the 2021 midterm elections.

Calderón also said that the decision was a “shameful act of revenge” against him by INE President Lorenzo Córdoba, in retaliation for a personal political feud of his father Armando Córdova.

The former president added that the origins of all of the group’s financial resources had been clearly identified before the INE.

México Libre can appeal the decision through the Electoral Tribunal.

…Sept. 4, 2020

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