The Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, one of the candidates to succeed President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in 2024, stated this Wednesday (10/13/2021) his intentions to seek the presidential candidacy in that year since, he assured, for him it is a commitment of life.
In a radio interview, Ebrard said he was interested in participating in the race, but pointed out that he must first carry out the responsibility he has in the current Mexican government as Secretary of Foreign Relations. “Of course, of course, I am interested, it is something that has been my life commitment and no way that now I say no, but now what we have to do is carry out our responsibility,” he declared and added that “within two years or when they are called to participate, we will be there (…) you don’t have to be distracted because if you get distracted you will fall “.
“I think, definitely and that is my conviction, to participate according to the rules that are given in MORENA (National Regeneration Movement party) in the first place, which is the political project in which I am participating, and MORENA will already determine and they will tell us how it is going to be the process and we are going to be there “, he explained.
Ebrard’s statements occurred hours after the mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum – also a candidate to succeed López Obrador in 2024 – defended that MORENA choose its candidate through a poll of the militancy. “It is what is established in the statutes of the party to which we belong, it is something in which I agree and also the president has always maintained it,” said the head of the capital city when questioned at a press conference.
Sheinbaum considered that choosing the candidate through an internal poll, the method used to define the candidates for state governors, is “the most democratic” and “a representation of what the people think.” The mayor starts as a favorite to be the face-to-face candidate of the leftist MORENA in 2024 along with the chancellor.
López Obrador completed a tour of several points in the capital with Sheinbaum last week, but on October 12 he ruled out in his morning press conference that it was his favorite. “I have no favorite, no favorite,” stressed the president, who defended that MORENA should carry out a poll to define its presidential candidate.
Instead, the leader of MORENA in the Senate, Ricardo Monreal, who also wants to run for president, opted for calling primary elections and thus “continue democratizing” the party. The survey mechanism has been criticized within the party by those who consider that it is a not very transparent methodology and that it favors candidates related to the leadership.
The race for the presidential succession in Mexico began early, with the election three years away, when López Obrador recently named six possible successors. In addition to Sheinbaum and Ebrard – the best placed – he pointed out the Mexican ambassador to the UN, Juan Ramón de la Fuente; the Mexican ambassador to the United States, Esteban Moctezuma; to the Secretary of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier; and the Secretary of Energy, Rocío Nahle.
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