The opposition alliance Frente Amplio por México (PRI-PAN-PRD) finally defined the coordinator and it is neither more nor less than the PAN senator Xóchitl Gálvez, who is emerging as the candidate for the Presidency in 2024 after months of disqualifications of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who did not skimp when it came to revealing his alleged scandals.
Gálvez, who reached the end of the Broad Front’s race for Mexico without rivals, after the decline of deputy Santiago Creel and senator Beatriz Paredes, achieved the support of the three parties since days before this Sunday, September 3, date on which the results of the final surveys were expected to be revealed.
Without needing the results, the Va por México alliance reported that on September 3 they will give Gálvez their certificate of winner of the internal process.
How did the broad opposition front parties decline and which parties does Xóchitl Gálvez represent?
The definition of the candidacy for the Presidency in the opposition began to take shape on Monday, August 21, when Santiago Creel, former president of the Chamber of Deputies that represents the PAN, declined in favor of Xóchitl Gálvez and asked his followers to support her, in addition to about what later announced that it will join the project to organize the Frente Amplio towards 2024.
The novel continued on Friday, August 25, when the PRD also closed ranks in favor of Xóchitl Gálvez, since its national leader, Jesús Zambrano, told the senator of Otomi origin that in the yellow party They identified with her.
The last party to join was the PRI. On August 30, its leader, deputy Alejandro ‘Alito’ Moreno, said that they would decline in favor of Xóchitl Gálvez with the aim of achieve a common candidacyand despite still having Beatriz Paredes, a senator from his party, in the race.
Hours later, Beatriz Paredes herself “dropped out” of the contest by acknowledging the results of the polls that They placed Gálvez with an advantage of between 15 and 19 percentage points.
President López Obrador took the opportunity to disqualify the declines of the Broad Front for Mexico, arguing that, as he had predicted weeks before, Gálvez was going to be the winner by a decision of “the tops”in reference to businessmen and conservative leaders.
From June to August, the Mexican president constantly described Gálvez as a corrupt person, in addition to taking advantage of his statements in interviews and public events to accuse her of supposedly being against social programs and discriminate against Mexicans from certain regions.
What controversies surround Xóchitl Gálvez?
While the senator, representative of the PAN, was waging the internal process of the Broad Front for Mexico these controversies broke out against him:
Fortune and million-dollar contracts for their companies
On July 14, President López Obrador released financial information about Xóchitl Gálvez that indicated that the senator had, together with her companies, contracts for around 1,400 million pesos in the last nine years.
In his message, the president asked businessman Claudio X. González to investigate any possible irregularities in your contractsincluding those granted in the Miguel Hidalgo mayor’s office between 2015 and 2018, a period in which Xóchitl Gálvez was mayor.
The senator responded to López Obrador and said that it was okay for them to audit her so they could see that there was no irregularity in his assets or companies nor any type of conflict of interest. Furthermore, he warned that he would take legal action against him for using the State apparatus to access his information, and challenged the president to find any anomaly in his finances, and if not, for him to resign.
Some reports indicated an alleged benefit to his company High Tech Services while Miguel Hidalgo was mayor, in addition to his statements The company Operation and Maintenance of Intelligent Buildings (OMEI) does not appearcomplementary to High Tech.
Xóchitl Gálvez vs AMLO for statements about social programs
This controversy has been going on for 10 months, since it occurred at the Guadalajara International Book Fair last year. There, Gálvez said that economic support for those most in need through social programs was insufficient to heal the problems of poverty that the country is experiencing, in addition to the fact that He noted that they should be temporary and not permanent.
President López Obrador accused Gálvez of wanting to remove social programs during your morning conference on December 5 of last year, taking his statements out of context.
Xóchitl Gálvez quickly showed her annoyance, and requested her right of reply in the ‘morning’, which López Obrador denied. Despite the fact that the senator did the corresponding procedure, He was never allowed to enter the National Palace to defend himself, since although he argued that the social programs should be temporary, they should be accompanied by education, certification, job skills and the generation of sources of employment so that economic support was less and less necessary.
When Gálvez got back on track in the Frente Amplio race for Mexico to seek the presidential candidacy, the ruling party took it upon itself to attack the senator again, arguing that was against social programs.
Comments on the productivity of people in southern Mexico
On August 19, Xóchitl Gálvez made a comment that was once again taken out of context by the ruling party, since she was accused of offend Mexicans living in the southeast when referring to their work culture.
During the debate of the broad opposition front, Gálvez said that “there is a different culture in the southeast of the country and we cannot apply a similar model to the north. “I remember when I worked with (Vicente) Fox, they wanted to install maquiladoras in San Cristóbal de las Casas, so I told them, It’s going to be a flop, nobody’s going to go to work eight hours straight because it is not their culture.”
López Obrador charged against Gálvez and said that he could not offend the people of the south in that way, since “a lot of work is done” in that region.
The president, who is currently working on the installation of a trans-isthmus corridor in the southeast, assured that these types of comments promote the conservative narrative that poor people are poor because they are lazy; however, The senator asked not to take her comments out of contextsince she was referring to the fact that “it is not the same what works in the north of the country, in the center or in the southeast”.
Xóchitl Gálvez will be the face of the opposition in the 2024 presidential elections after winning the coordination of the Broad Front for Mexico, and it is possible that she will be the greatest representative of citizens who are against the government of López Obrador, who bet that the winner of the internal process of Morena and allies will be the former head of government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum.