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Mexico’s Left-Wing Morena Party Fined for Holding Unauthorized Campaign Events

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jun 16, 2017, 2:16 pm
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The ruling of the Electoral Tribunal of the State of Mexico is in response to a complaint by the PRI (party) in 2016 about the image that Gomez  projected beyond regulatory time and manner. (Facebook)

EspañolMexico’s left-wing party has been fined US $611,000 for holding unauthorized campaign events.

The country’s Electoral Tribunal fined the National Regeneration Movement — known widely in the country as “Morena” — because its candidate for governor of the State of Mexico, Delfina Gómez, and Presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, held campaign events across 35 municipalities before the legal electoral calendar had technically started.

The fine serves as a resolution to a lawsuit filed by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party last July. According to PRI representatives, Gómez advertised her image on several billboards, which should be interpreted as campaigning.

 

“Delfina Gómez Álvarez’s position (as candidate) was presented to the electorate of the State of Mexico and as a consequence, violated the principle of fairness in the contest, to the detriment of other contenders,” the Electoral Tribunal said in its ruling.

Morena, on the other hand, said it is planning to call for an annulment of the governor’s election in five districts in the State of Mexico for the “flagrant violation of the principle of free and authentic elections.”

Source: Animal Político

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Ex-President of Uruguay Wants to Bring Back Duels to Solve Legal Disputes

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jun 16, 2017, 12:44 pm
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EspañolFormer Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has some interesting ideas about how to settle legal disputes — a quick-draw being one of them. "There should be a law that would allow people to settle conflicts with a gunshot," Mujica said recently in a television interview, and lamented that there isn't a law allowing for duels in his country. "There are things that can be fixed that way, that could not otherwise be settled," he said, citing honor as one example. The former president said there are times when dialogue is useless. Speaking, apparently, is very easy, but he said a gun shot can settle a conflict once and for all. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   He said the law should be put into practice when someone challenges your honor. "When someone touches on your honor, and goes on and on and on, how can you fix it? That's the only way," he said. "I can't handle a sword because I'm an old man, but I could fire a couple of shots at least." Read More: Marijuana Grown in Uruguay Only Enough for 25% of Consumers Read More: Uruguayan Minister Rejects Venezuelan Regime’s Accusations, Calls it “Profoundly Authoritarian” The duels law was approved in Uruguay in 1920 and abolished in 1992 during Luis Alberto Lacalle's administration. There were famous duels in the country, such as the one held by former President Jose Batlle with the politician and journalist Washington Beltran in the same year that the practice was legalized. On that occasion, it was Beltran who lost and died. Who knows how Mujica would fare. Sources: El País; El Observador

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