Ebrard heats up the succession debate and assures that he only contemplates being a Morena candidate

The Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard, during his speech before the UN General Assembly last September.
The Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard, during his speech before the UN General Assembly last September.Mary Altaffer / POOL (EFE)

The Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard, has given new impetus to the debate on the succession of Andrés Manuel López Obrador and has reiterated that he aspires to contest the presidency in the 2024 elections. However, this Wednesday has been more precise and has narrowed the horizon by denying that he intends to seek an alternative candidacy if the conditions of the internal selection were detrimental to him. “I am going to the Morena process. I have no other scenario in mind, I am going to participate in what Morena determines and we will be there, but we continue to comment on it in due time, ”he stated in an interview on Radio Fórmula.

Ebrard has gone further than in July, when he had already suggested his application, in an interview on Radio Fórmula. Then the president included him in a list of possible applicants along with the head of Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, and the coordinator of senators from Morena, Ricardo Monreal. These are the three names that make up all the pools, although this week López Obrador has assured that he does not have any favorites. “I am very grateful to the president for having named me on that clear list that he made known that day. What he does is put on the table, which by the way, is unusual, who he thinks did a job that deserves or can be considered in the 2024 process, ″ added the chancellor.

Even so, Ebrard has insisted that we should not rush. He passed it on to friends and collaborators over a meal. “We’re going to do something. This will be in two years, of course I am interested in participating and of course it is something that has been with a life commitment. But I ask you to be clear that first you have to carry out your responsibilities ”, he said in conversation with journalist Joaquín López-Dóriga.

“In two years, when it is called to participate, we will be there. If you get distracted, you fall ”, has settled the veteran politician, one of the secretaries with the greatest projection of the Government. The Foreign Ministry has concentrated in recent months the management of the vaccination program against covid-19 and that department also depends on the relationship with the United States and the Joe Biden Administration, with which Mexico last week sealed a new security plan .

Ebrard’s strategy has always been to wait for López Obrador to open the game. The president has not yet done so, at least formally, but he has already spoken out repeatedly on the succession process, launching internal messages. Added to that are the differences on the selection method, which can be a poll as the president defends or a North American or European-style primary election as Monreal requested.

All the protagonists are already lined up for the longest campaign in history. And despite the fact that they all have front-line responsibilities and a close relationship with López Obrador, he stirred the deck weeks ago when he played to put notes on the leaders. Sheinbaum, he said, “is top notch.” “And there are other public servants of the Government who also have MB [muy bien], almost all MB. It’s very nice. But independent, autonomous, sovereign governments, such as the government of the city, Claudia, first class ”, he considered. At the same time, he denied rivalries between the three: “They are friends. They are all friends, they are all companions. We all have a higher purpose, which is the transformation of our country ”.

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