Alejandro Murat has been sworn in as the candidate for state governor by the Oaxaca leadership of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), becoming the candidate to beat by the alliance between the National Action Party (PAN) and the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD).
The candidate of the National Renovation Movement (Morena) is in a distant third place. The party of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) will instead be fighting for mayorships in important municipalities, looking to create a platform for the 2018 elections.
Murat’s designation as candidate was plagued by accusations of his lack of compliance with the residence requirements, rendering him unelectable. Apparently being the son of a Oaxacan couple and having spent most of his childhood and teenage years in the state was enough to grant him the candidacy.
He has performed successfully in public positions during the current state administration at the housing agency Infonavit. Murat also boasts his relationship with President Enrique Peña Nieto, a relationship that could prove beneficial for our state.
A serious doubt about the Murat candidacy is that of his complete independence from his father, Don José Murat, a strong and willful character and himself a former governor.
Will Murat Sr. be able to resist the temptation to intervene in his son’s decisions, or will he abstain and limit himself to the role of an external advisor?
Will young Murat achieve the unity of a party that lost the governorship because of its internal disunity?
A lot is at stake in this election: winning the state back for PRI, collaborate in wrapping up the educational reform, and carrying out ambitious tourism projects with the federal government.
Will the construction of the highway to the Oaxaca coast be finally concluded?
I trust in this eager and committed young politician. We already had six lukewarm years of alleged negotiations and weekly promises that never came to fruition, of low educational levels and poor quality in health services, of intermittent street blockages and strikes.
Armando González is a journalist and broadcaster who lives in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.