A future with faces from the past

Draws attention to the way in which the reconfiguration of the political scene in our country is outlined, after the overwhelming triumph of President López Obrador in 2018. We see, on the one hand, the efforts of the Calderón Zavala family to build their political party, México Libre, clearly to the right of the political spectrum. México Libre has the support of characters who have clearly stated that they are against – for example – sexual diversity, such as Laura Zapata, who is good at supporting this potential party.

Elba Esther Gordillo, showing muscle, is in full creation of the Redes Sociales Progresistas party, under the leadership of her grandson René Fujiwara Montelongo. Thus, the teachers will have their own party and the Gordillo family a respected reunion with national politics.

To these political groups we must add Futuro 21, who held its first national assembly last weekend. Futuro 21 will become the new image of the PRD, or of what remains of the PRD, which should basically be the furniture of its offices. Appealing to be a social democratic party, Futuro 21 brings together diverse characters not only from “perredistas” but from other forces, such as Gabriel Quadri, who was the presidential candidate of Nueva Alianza party in 2012, and the journalist Tere Vale, who contended for the Head of the Government of today CDMX in 2000 by the late Social Democracy Party (also known as the party of the rose).

Several expriistas have already joined Futuro 21, such is the case of youngsters and almost nothing known José Narro and Beatriz Pagés. On the part of the – still – PRD are characters like Silvano Aureoles, Guadalupe Acosta Naranjo, Jesús Zambrano and Carlos Navarrete; without a doubt, a new litter of politicians who will surely inject new ideas into the way of doing politics in our country.

It seems that it is the traditional parties that are doing the work of rebuilding themselves and that those new options that are glimpsed in Mexican politics only tend to perpetuate old politicians in the public arena of our country. The PRI is generating a change at ground level, thanks to its Training School for registered members, while in the PAN new leadership can be observed locally.

The faces of what will be the new political parties have nothing new. These men and women have been in politics and public service for decades, they have nothing new to contribute to the political scene of the 21st century. Hopefully these new groups will give opportunity, from their birth, to young politicians, to real potential leaders, to changes in the way of understanding and working in politics. Those who are leading these incipient parties are the same as always, with the ideas of always, with the bad habits of always.

Ricardo Solano Olivera, MSc.


Column originally published at https://laopinion.de/2019/08/28/un-futuro-con-caras-del-pasado/

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