PRI-PAN debate called off at last minute

The scheduled debate between the heads of the PRI and the PAN, Beatriz Paredes and Germán Martínez, was called off after the Radio and TV Chamber (CIRT) said they would refuse to broadcast it.  The PRD and the PSD parties filed complaints with the Federal Electoral Institute about being excluded, and the broadcasters said the risk of being sanctioned by the IFE was too great. Columnist Sergio Sarmiento noted that the IFE has no legal basis for opposing the debate, but, “In Mexico everything that is not expressly prohibited is permitted … unless the IFE says otherwise.” It is now highly unlikely that there will be any debate prior to the elections. (Reforma 6/16, 6/17)

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