By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
After Mexico’s midterm elections on Sunday, June 6, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) openly flirted with the idea that he could woo the once-invincible centralist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to his court in order to maintain a qualified majority in the country’s lower congressional Chamber of Deputies.
But the PRI, whose members are often the object of his biting political insults and unfounded allegations of corruption, made it clear on Thursday, June 10, that it was not interested in changing teams mid-game.
The PRI’s Dulce María Sauri, currently the president of the Chamber of Deputies, didn’t mince words when she turned the president’s unsolicited political proposal down flatly.
“The Institutional Revolutionary Party is not the Judas of Mexican society,” she said.
“We are a party that fights for what we believe in, and it is very clear that the confidence that the people of Mexico gave the PRI in the opposition coalition was intended to enforce plurality, diversity and democracy of the country.”
Sauri went on to say that in the next Congress, the PRI, which ruled Mexico for 71 years, “will be the opposition, an opposition that defends the interests of the Mexican population.”
Now, AMLO will have to go a-courting somewhere else.