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Bye-bye, Borge: PRI expels ex-governor

His conduct represents 'a deviation from the party's principles'

The Institutional Revolutionary Party has expelled the ex-governor of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge Angulo, from its ranks.

The decision came almost a week after Borge was arrested on corruption charges in Panama City and almost six months after the first accusations against him surfaced.

The PRI leadership suspended Borge’s rights last December for violating its ethics code and regulations.

Yesterday, the party’s justice commission voted to expel Borge “for damaging the party’s image and violating its regulations,” and to declare him a persona non grata.

The president of the commission said Borge’s conduct demonstrates “an evident deviation from the party’s principles, as well as its regulations.”

Fernando Elías Calles said Borge won’t be able to rejoin the party in the future.

“Roberto Borge is a persona non grata, he is not welcome in the PRI family. PRI doesn’t protect and won’t protect any individual in public service who breaches the public’s trust. We can’t remain silent before corruption, and our party is not and will not be anybody’s accomplice,” said commission member Arturo Zamora.

In the same session, the commission also decided to suspend the membership rights of Guerrero Deputy Saúl Beltrán Orozco “for violating the party’s internal regulations.”

The state Deputy has been accused of being a collaborator of the crime gang known as Los Tequileros.

Borge joins a list of expelled ex-governors that include the former governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte de Ochoa, accused of embezzling resources through shell corporations; Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba of Tamaulipas, accused of ties with organized crime and operating with illicit resources; and Jesús Reyna García of Michoacán, currently behind bars for ties with the Caballeros Templarios.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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