Sergio Mayer, former singer and soup opera actor, will now head the culture commission on behalf of Morena. | Photo: EFE The health and culture commissions of the Mexican House of Representatives were taken away from the evangelical Social Encounter Party (PES) after protests by artistic and feminist organizations and given back to the National Renewal Movement (Morena), of center-left President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
The harsh criticism made the Political Coordination Board of the legislative branch to reconsider their decision, as the PES policies as seen as contrary to the progressive health agenda expected from Morena.
Both parties ran in the July 1 general elections in the “Together We’ll Make History” coalition. Analysts saw a strategic alliance between both parties, as Morena needed votes to win the presidency and a majority in the legislative houses and the PES was struggling to retain their registry.
In the end, Morena’s landslide victory showed that their alliance with the conservative party did more harm than good, and PES lost its registry but managed to place a relatively large number of lawmakers in both houses.
In exchange for health and culture, two controversial commissions, PES got sports and work and social care.
However, the outcome of the exchange was not that expected by critical voices. The culture commission is now going to be headed by Sergio Mayer, a singer and soap opera actor that also took part in the theatrical striptease show “Only For Women” and had no experience in politics before joining Morena’s ranks.
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