A few hours after the Senate plenary session discusses and votes on the minutes to prolong military participation in public security until 2028, Morena caused a crack in the opposition bloc by recruiting PAN senator Raúl Paz Alonso, while legislators from the The PRI and the PRD have doubts about the meaning of their vote.
Morena and her allies have on paper 76 of the 86 votes required to approve the reform with two-thirds of the senators, so they need the support of 10 opposition legislators. However, absences also count, because for every two opposition senators who miss the session, the majority caucus moves one vote closer to a qualified majority.
The talks in the Senate are headed by the president of the Political Coordination Board (Jucopo) and leader of Morena, Ricardo Monreal, who talks with opponents to persuade them of the importance of supporting the reform proposed by the PRI in the Chamber of Deputies. .
Monreal Ávila affirmed that he is reviewing some alternatives, although he pointed out that it will be until the vote is held when it will be known how many were convinced.
“I am speaking, I could not advance because I have to review newsrooms and we are reviewing and talking, dialoguing with everyone, as I always do, without any haste, with a rhythm of dialogue and reflection,” he explained.
Officials from the Secretaries of the Interior, National Defense and the Navy, as well as governors, also participate in the convincing work, who pressure opposition senators from their state to support the reform.
In the search for votes, Morena’s negotiations yielded an unexpected result: the incorporation into its ranks of the until yesterday PAN senator Raúl Paz Alonso, which took Acción Nacional by surprise, which accused foul play by the official party.
The coordinator of the PAN caucus, Julen Rementería, affirmed that Paz Alonso sold himself in exchange for the candidacy for the government of Yucatan in 2024, and ruled out that there will be more desertions in his faction.
“This speaks of a barter of things, where Morena, with its corrupting power, is at its best looking to buy with the premise that in politics what has a price is cheap,” he stressed.
Rementería del Puerto assured that its bench remains firm in its decision to reject the reform and called on all the opposition to unite to prevent the militarization of public security.
The national leader of Morena, Mario Delgado, released a video on social networks with Senator Paz Alonso as a new member of his party: “There are moments of definition: either you are with the people or in politics. Welcome @RaulPazMX to the right side of history!!, he posted on Twitter.
With this change, Morena adds 61 senators and the PAN decreases to 20, which is considered by the majority group as an important step in the search for a qualified majority.
However, paradoxically, within Morena there are legislators who privately announced that they will vote against the reform and others have doubts.
There is certainty that at least one vote will come out of that bench against the initiative.
One of the members of Morena confided in this newspaper: “I am going to vote against it because I do not agree that the Army and the Navy are involved in public security tasks until 2028. I am going to present my clear arguments, because I do not like that the President treats us as he treats us. We are not official parties, ”he indicated.
Among the Morenoites who disagree with the reform are Rafael Espino, Arturo Bours, Cecilia Sánchez and Nestora Salgado.
In the opposition bloc, the MC senator, Noé Castañón, reiterated the position of that party against the militarization of the country, as well as the unconstitutionality of the reform.
He trusted that the containment bloc will stand firm against this reform and a failed security strategy: “I urge the senators of the PRI not to give up their dignity and the prevalence of their expressed criteria and stand firm. ”, he exposed.
The coordinator of the plural group, Emilio Álvarez Icaza, affirmed that they are firm against this reform, which is a betrayal of democracy because militarization is advancing: “The real fact is that there are three times more soldiers in the streets and They have doubled homicides, that is, there is no evidence that this strategy works,” he said.
He commented that “the cannon shots are hard” by the 4T government to seek opposition votes in favor of the reform and asserted that the Secretary of the Interior “is calling senators and governors because he understands that the approval of this reform He will have a medal for his promotion and he believes that his candidacy is at stake for 2024.”
The PRI bench locked itself in conclave to address the issue. The coordinator Miguel Ángel Osorio and Senator Claudia Ruiz Massieu are firm against it, but according to consulted sources, there are tricolors that have not yet been defined.
Last Monday, PRI senator Sylvana Beltrones voted abstention at the committee meeting. In addition, on September 8, the tricolor deputy coordinator, Manuel Añorve, endorsed his support for the PRI’s national leader, Alejandro Moreno, and in his personal capacity, he believed that the majority of the senators supported the former governor of Campeche.
The coordinator of the PRD, Miguel Ángel Mancera, expressed his doubts about the viability of the proposed reform and spoke in favor of giving more time to dialogue and enrich the initiative.
“We are all in the interest of building, we are all in the interest of working and obviously not of having something rushed, so the dialogue is still open and we continue working,” he explained.
Mancera said he did not agree with the approach as it is done, since there is no rush as there is no immediate requirement, because the current term for the Armed Forces to participate in public security tasks expires until 2024.
However, he did not express a resounding rejection of the reform and asked “to be able to build an extension of the term to know what conditions the initiative has,” he stressed.
He explained that each of the three PRD senators will vote according to their convictions and their conscience, and not as a parliamentary group.