By KELIN DILLON
On Thursday, Oct. 13, Mexican Secretary of the Interior Adán Augusto López announced that the in-power National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party and its former rival the Institutional Revolution Party (PRI) have formed a legislative alliance – known as PRIMor – to push electoral reforms and Morena’s controversial electricity reforms through Mexico’s legislative body.
The news comes just weeks after the PRI’s former Va por México electoral coalition, which once stood in opposition to Morena, with the National Action Party (PAN) and Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) was contentiously dissolved following the PRI’s willingness to collaborate with Morena on reforms to the Mexican Constitution.
Augusto López revealed the plans for the new alliance during a meeting with Morena, Green Party (PVEM) and Labor Party (PT) legislators, mentioning that despite their ideological differences, Morena and the PRI will work together for the good of the country.
“As someone once said: ‘Paris is well worth a mass’; Mexico is well worth an agreement,” said Augusto López at the time. “And that is a commitment, to try to recover issues such as the electricity reform, we are going to try to build a true electoral reform.”
The Secretary of the Interior’s announcement was reportedly met with applause from the attending legislators, as Augusto López went on to say that the scope of the PRIMOR alliance is broad and could last to the end of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) six year term.
“But that’s why I wanted to come and tell you, to ask you in the most humble way to help the President, to build together,” continued Augusto López, which purportedly prompted cries of “It’s an honor to be with Obrador” from the crowd.
However, PRI Deputy Coordinator Rubén Moreira later denied Augusto López’s revelation that the PRI would be helping Morena push through reforms, saying, “As far as I know, no, but that’s what the man says. We’ll be attentive to see what happens.”
For his part, political analyst and Reforma newspaper columnist F. Bartolomé was not sold on Moreira’s claims that the PRI would not be giving their votes to Morena – especially considering PRI President Alejandro Moreno’s present party reputation as unreliable following a series of public scandals.
“Even if Moreno and Moreira themselves say that they have no plans to give votes to Morena, no one believes them,” wrote Bartolomé on Oct. 13. “And why does López Obrador want to reform the National Electoral Institute (INE)? To act as an arbitrator as he has done, for example, in the energy sector.”
“Because obviously what the President wants the least is a supervisory body that is interested in following the path of cash,” added Bartolomé. “The gringos say it well: follow the money!”