Accusations fly during PRD primary election in Mexico City

The PRD held primary elections in the Federal District to select candidates for each of the city’s 16 boroughs, the legislative assembly, and federal congressional seats.  The two principal PRD ‘tribes’—the New Left of Jesús Ortega and the United Left loyal to AMLO—accused each other of busing in phony voters, ballot theft, and vote buying (Ps. 200 per ballot for certain slates). Turnout was light, and PRD Mayor Marcelo Ebrard left town for the weekend rather than get caught between the factions. The preliminary vote count website crashed, and no official returns are expected until Wednesday. (Universal, Excelsior and Reforma 3/16)

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