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Presidential Candidate / Marcelo Ebrard

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Paloma Duran By Paloma Duran | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Thu, 09/07/2023 - 12:30

Presidential Candidate. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that tonight he will give Former Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum the leadership of MORENA. "As I said from the beginning, I support Claudia Sheinbaum. Today, I am no longer the leader of the movement for the transformation of the country. I am going to hand over the baton to Claudia Sheinbaum, in the afternoon," he said.

Sheinbaum won MORENA's internal poll, making her the party's presidential candidate for the 2024 elections. These elections mark a historic event in Mexican politics, as two women will compete for the presidency: Sheinbaum and Xóchitl Gálvez, candidate of the Frente Amplio por México coalition.

MORENA's candidate selection was based on the results of the party’s main poll and four additional mirror polls, conducted from Aug. 30 to Sep. 4. Following the counting of the ballots, MORENA’s National Council detailed that the results of its poll, conducted by the party's Center for Social Statistical Studies Commission, showed Claudia Sheinbaum in the lead with 39.4% of the votes, followed by Marcelo Ebrard (25.6%), Gerardo Fernández Noroña (12.2%), Adán Augusto López (10%), Ricardo Monreal (6.5%) and Manuel Velasco (6.3%).

Marcelo Ebrard. López Obrador said he will dialogue with former Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard regarding his accusations and claims against MORENA's election process. "I do not agree that the process should be repeated, it was transparent." He added that Ebrard is a close friend and that he will accept and support whether or not he decides to remain in the party.

Ebrard came in second place in MORENA's internal poll with 25.6% of the votes. While MORENA summoned the six candidates to announce the results, former Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard decided not to attend the meeting in protest. Hours before the results were announced, Ebrard sent a message to the media asking MORENA to invalidate the process and repeat the poll. In the absence of a response, Ebrard denounced the alleged incidents in the vote-counting process and called his supporters to an assembly next week to decide what to do next. 

Texas. The president celebrated that the US Court ordered the Texas government to remove the buoys from the Rio Grande. “I am very grateful to the US authorities, to the prosecutor's office that filed the complaint and to the judge who ordered their withdrawal. It is an act of justice."

Recently, López Obrador criticized Texas' decision to place buoys with barbed wire in the Rio Bravo to stop migration, since two bodies have been found near the area. Immigration policies have been at the center of the US-Mexico relationship since the end of Title 42 in May. This policy prevented asylum seekers from claiming US protection and allowed the US to return migrants to their home countries or Mexico within hours of arrival.  Since its termination, states, such as Texas, have feared the arrival of more migrants. As a result, authorities have further complicated the usual paths of migrants. 

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