Electoral Tribunal creates new chaos inside PRD

The Federal Electoral Tribunal overturned the PRD primary election for mayor of the borough of Iztapalapa, one of the PRD’s strongholds in Mexico City. The Tribunal revoked the results from 47 voting stations, giving the victory to Silvia Oliva (of the New Left wing headed by Jesús Ortega) instead of Clara Brugada (of the United Left wing of AMLO-protégé Alejandro Encinas). Control over a major part of the PRD’s patronage machine in the capital is at stake, since the borough “is capable of organizing true armies of people, in favor or against any party or political movement,” said columnist Ricardo Alemán. He also predicted, “There will be massive confusion. Clara Brugada’s name will probably be on the ballot, without being the candidate…. Silvia Oliva has no money to campaign, since Brugada has already spent it.” (Reforma 6/12, Universal 6/14)

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