Mexico.- The national leader of the PRI, Alejandro ‘Alito’ Morenoassured that there will be no type of punishment for PRI senators who vote against the initiative to extend until 2028 the term of the army in the streets.
At a press conference held on September 19, one day before the PRI initiative is voted on in the Senate‘Alito’ Moreno said that the members of the PRI caucus will be free to decide their votes, since there will be no consequence from the party.
“In the Chamber of Deputies we made a decision, senators will make their decision in conscience… we are going to respect itbecause that’s how we are. It is a party that has to listen, that has to open up, reach consensus and that at the end of the road, theLegislators will have to make their decision in the Senate“, said.
The PRI leader explained that deputy Yolanda de la Torre presented the initiative because the Armed Forces have a high degree of acceptance among citizens, which is why it was considered to be the best strategy against insecurity.
For this reason, the PRI deputies recognized that the situation of violence in Mexico is so serious that it merits that the Armed Forces continue to be used in security tasks, despite the fact that they recognize that the security strategy has been a failure.
“We have to strengthen police capacity, training, instrumentation… but while that happens, we cannot remove the Armed Forces. It means having a fire and asking the firefighters to leave,” said ‘Alito’ Moreno.
Unlike the Chamber of Deputies, where the initiative on the military was approved in early September with the support of the PRI, Morena and its allies, the PRI senators have warned that they will vote against the reformsince they consider that it goes against the commitments of the party with the Va por México alliance.
Despite the fact that ‘Alito’s’ support for the initiative caused a temporary suspension of Va por México, the PRI leader insists that there is no break in its alliance with PAN and PRDand affirmed that they will go together to the elections of the State of Mexico in 2023.
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“For many years we have worked in alliances, we are a party that knows how to work from power and from the opposition. We were the promoters of Va por México because we believe that we are a retaining wall against any attempt to change the rules of democracy in the country,” he said.
Despite the accusations of having “bent” before Morena and the AMLO government, the PRI leader reiterated that they remain against the electoral reform that will soon be discussed in Congress.