If the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has any attributes that contribute to its electoral success, they must be discipline and party unity.
The Left is currently divided between what MORENA and its leader Andrés Manuel López Obrador took away and a very reduced Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), still fighting among themselves over the results of the Mexico City elections.
The National Action Party (PAN) is split between the traditionalist followers of Felipe Calderón and those of Gustavo Madero, who don’t want to let go of power despite the electoral defeats on June 7 and, more recently, in Chiapas.
The PRI, meanwhile, has elected Manlio Flavio Beltrones, possibly the most experienced politician in Mexico, as its new president. He will be president for at least four years, presiding during the state governor electoral processes of 2016, and the presidency in 2018.
Beltrones has had a very long political career, which includes the governorship of Sonora, the Undersecretariat of the Interior and, most importantly, negotiating and managing public policy issues as a very capable mediator on two different occasions, once as a federal deputy and another as a Senator of the republic in the National Congress.
Beltrones was crucial in the lobbying for the Pact for México, in which the three main parties agreed on the structural reforms introduced by the Peña Nieto administration. Manlio Fabio Beltrones has shown his loyalty to the methods of the party and to President Peña Nieto.
In Beltrones the PRI has a very shrewd and astute politician, ideal for the upcoming electoral commitments.
He also guarantees the unity of party members, who must now present themselves as a united front to counter the party’s setbacks in Mexico City.
Those unaware of the PRI’s traditional political operations are still amazed that the president wasn’t swayed by public opinion to remove one or more members of his cabinet. Loyalty towards its collaborators has been a hallmark, for good or bad, of the Peña Nieto administration.
Armando González is a journalist and broadcaster who lives in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.