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Paloma Duran By Paloma Duran | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 12:30

Marcelo Ebrard. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that former Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard has the right to challenge MORENA's presidential candidacy process before the Electoral Tribunal of the Judiciary of the Federation (TEPJF). 

This month, Ebrard challenged MORENA's presidential candidate election process before the party's National Commission for Honesty and Justice. In a 40-page brief, Ebrard has requested the annulment of MORENA's internal poll results, arguing that there were many deficiencies in the process. For example, he argues that the commission had a shortage of coordinators, which affected the delivery of materials and therefore prevented the poll from being conducted in a timely manner. He also points out that there were cases of violence, electoral harassment and conditioning of social programs, among other problems. 

Previously, it was reported that Ebrard's request for investigation received special treatment by the National Commission of Honesty and Justice, as MORENA feared that the case would be turned to the TEPJF, which could affect the party's presidential campaign. Yesterday, Ebrard announced that he turned his case to the TEPJF since MORENA has not responded to his complaint.

Chocolate Cars. The Minister of Security, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, announced that 1,803,000 million vehicles have been regularized through the import program. In addition, Rodríguez announced that the program will be extended until Dec. 31, 2023.

Although, initially, the initiative was only valid for one year, expiring on Dec. 31, 2022, the president has decided to extend the life of the strategy for more months. The extension will continue in 14 states, where these types of vehicles transit the most, including Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa and Zacatecas.

Ayotzinapa Case. The president assured that the Ayotzinapa case will continue to be investigated despite the distrust of relatives. "We will continue with the investigation to find the whereabouts of the students. My government still has a year to investigate. We have not abandoned the case, because of our convictions and because we want justice. Relatives have every right to disagree with us. Whether they believe us or not, we will continue the investigations," he assured.

In 2014, during former President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, 43 students disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero. The government reported they were murdered by the United Warriors Cartel in Cocula and, according to the past administration, it was the Iguala police and army who handed over the students to the criminal group. Nevertheless, since the reopening of the case, new findings incriminating Enrique Peña Nieto’s government are popping up. The Truth Commission of the Ayotzinapa case reported that among the students there was an infiltrated soldier. In addition, former Army General Salvador Cienfuegos assured that the army was not involved in the case. However, new findings showed that some elements were in contact with the criminal group during the event.

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