From chili, sweet and butter; stranger coalitions

Weird coalitions such as Morena, PT and PES puts the local alliances in perspective

By Fernanda Padilla


On Wednesday, the registration of the various coalitions that will be contending for the next electoral period was carried out.

One of the least expected was the one of Morena, PT  and Partido Encuentro Social (PES) whose ideological difference is clear, in addition they recognized that the union is to prevent any political force has more opportunity in the upcoming elections.

Joaquín Muñoz, former candidate of Morena to the mayor of the capital, explained that the issue of coalitions have two sides, “the first is to unite the votes of different ideological currents, the more parties there are, the more they unite against the system he does not want me to govern; and on the other hand the coalitions that mean the destruction of ideologies“.

He considered that in San Luis Potosí the parties do not represent any type of ideology. “For example, Morena points out that it is from the left, but what are the left? They are communists, they are anarchists, they are socialists, what the hell is being ‘left’?”, he asked.



The former mayoral candidate indicated that when there is a collation of parties that have an ambiguous declaration of principles, the only thing that happens is that the lack of differentiation of political ideologies is reinforced.

“That means that citizens have to decide with their vote very similar forms of government that only have reference to the leader, then politically less developed countries repeat the phenomenon of leadership instead of having solid parties”.

He restated that in San Luis Potosí the problem is not the name of the parties, but what the power groups are called that control the state; “I am referring to the oligarchy, these families that are very well known and do not exceed ten surnames to continue sucking the system”.



Once the PT, Morena and PES coalitions were consolidated at the national level, several intellectuals who are part of the Lopez Obrador circle showed their disagreement.

One of them was Elena Poniatowska who protested the alliance that Morena concretized specifically with the PES.

Even in an event, she raised a banner with the words “No al PES”; according to information from Milenio, the writer said there were coincidences in her projects; however, Encuentro Social has been a critic of abortion and equal marriage, issues that are defended by Morena.

In this regard, Joaquín Muñoz said that Elena Poniatowska and all the intellectuals inside Morena do not handle a significant mass of followers, “possibly they have an influence, but not necessarily the student body, they will vote for Obrador, but not because Elena and company”.

He explained that the space occupied by intellectuals is to give him greater quality in the creation of discourses; “But beyond there is no significant influence”.


The doctor also considered that Andrés Manuel López Obrador “today has given a 180 degree turn to his political discourse, as he is looking for different consumers in spaces where he has not worked, as the world of the oligarchy”.

He emphasized that he continues to support the project, he justified that there is still no alternative of power, “on that side there is no point in abstaining because they are votes absorbed by the PRI, on the other hand voting for any political party is voting for the same, if the citizen wants a change, it must start from the inside; by discarding it is only left to vote for Obrador in case by some chance of life the results change”.

At the local level he said that the state has had memorable characters for their poor or rapacious performance; “We have outstanding individuals such as Labastida, Mario García or the previous governor who was less point or the current one, who is less one, so there is no government management”.


He considered that what happens in San Luis Potosí has ​​no echo whatsoever in the politics of López Obrador.

“Andres Manuel López Obrador does not handle any political project in the state, as someone who has been an excandidate to the mayor of San Luis I can tell you that”.

Joaquin Muñoz explained that in the state the reference of Obrador is like a caudillo that does not have a local political forcefulness.

“In SLP, an agenda of Morena was not achieved because there is not enough talent, so that methodologically speaking we can talk about local problems and thus be able to pass them on to the political agenda,” he said.

Another important point that stood out in the local coalition was the lack of unity that reflected the political trio, since at all times the support for the leader of Morena was highlighted, and they left aside the forces of the PT and PES.


In spite of the supposed coincidence between the three parties, at least in their aspirations, the alliance will not be given absolutely in San Luis Potosí. The local presidents of Morena, Social Encounter and Labor Party justified in the past days the fact that these political institutes will not go together in the elections of 2018 for the mayoralties of the municipalities of San Ciro de Acosta and Vanegas for “strategy”, although They did not indicate what that tactic is.

In addition, they explained that they will not go through the 12th district of Ciudad Valles, since they considered that it is one of the municipalities that lends itself less for the purchase of votes, in comparison to those that are in rural areas.

They justified that it is to give a margin of action within the electoral process in front of the big parties.

“We are going for the reasoned vote and not the captive vote like that of the PRI, PAN and PRD.” They explained that the captive vote is the one that is bought.

They considered that they will give very good competition with this coalition, they also pointed out that one of the objectives is to continue with the example at the national level, to achieve a better strength.

The representatives of the political forces indicated that the distribution of posts at the local level is not important, since they will analyze the best profiles to contend with in the next.


The state leaders of the National Action Party (PAN), Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and Movimiento Ciudadano (MC) have registered the electoral coalition agreement called “Por San Luis Potosí al Frente”, they also announced the distribution of candidacies for City Councils of the next electoral process.

The leaders of the parties announced that they will go in a flexible type coalition, since they only registered 27 municipalities with this formula. The trio was left to two municipalities to be a partial coalition.

The PAN obtained the possibility of nominating candidates for 18 municipalities that correspond to the municipalities of Rayón, San Antonio, Cárdenas, El Naranjo, San Ciro de Acosta, Rioverde, Aquismón, Ciudad Valles, Matlapa, Ciudad del Maiz, Tamazunchale, Cedral, Lagunillas, Cerro de San Pedro, San Nicolás Tolentino, Santo Domingo, Villa de Ramos and Matehuala.

The PRD took six municipalities from the municipalities of Vanegas, Tamasopo, Villa Hidalgo, Villa Arriaga, Armadillo de los Infante and Guadalcazar.
In the case of Movimiento Ciudadano (MC) the distribution was of three municipalities with Coxcatlan, Villa de Arista and Villa de la Paz.

The state leader of the PAN, Xavier Azuara Zúñiga, said that the division of the municipalities was handled through the trajectory of each party in addition to the presence it has in each territory.

He stressed that during the discussion or analysis of this process they found more coincidences than differences, which he supported in the agreement.
On the remaining municipalities indicated that they continue in talks, however, they avoided to abound in the subject.

The leader of the PRD stressed that the only candidate that has this political force contemplated, so far, and that will go through the Front to a federal deputation in the second district is the former mayor of Soledad, Ricardo Gallardo Cardona.

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