Enrique Priego Oropeza
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His arrival to the Government of Tabasco happened after the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary annulled the previous election for Governor and reversed PRI majority of Manuel Andrade Díaz, who had won the elections of October 15, 2000.
Priego - López Conflict
The cancellation of the elections for Governor took the Government by surprise, which forced the Federal congress to hold an extraordinary session to name someone who had to take the reins from the state as Temporary Governor before the imminent exit of Roberto Madrazo as chief executive, who finished to his term on December 31, 2000.
Article 47 of the state constitution says the following:
- In the case of absolute lack of the Governor, occurring in the first two years of his term, if the Congress is in sessions, it will be elevated immediately in Electoral College and with the attendance of at least two third of the total sum of its members, will name, by an absolute majority by secret ballot, an acting Governor.
- The same Congress, will send within the five following days, to the one who is designated the acting Governor, the call for the election of Governor who must conclude the current period; having to decide the date of the announcement and the one that is intended to carry out elections, a period not less than three months nor more than six.
- If Congress is not in session, the Standing Committee shall therefore name a provisional Governor to convene special sessions of Congress for appointing the interim Governor who will then issue the call for the election of Governor in the preceding paragraph.
- When the absence of Governor occurs after the second year of his term, if Congress is in session they shall appoint a Substitute Governor to completed the period. If Congress is not in session, the Standing Committee shall appoint a provisional governor and Congress will convene a special meeting to be held in the Electoral College and make the appointment of Substitute Governor.
Based on this article, on December 31, 2000, the PRI parliamentary group of the 56th Legislature (which stopped the same day) appointed the unlicensed Federal Deputy, Enrique Priego Oropeza, as Acting Governor. This action was described as legislative rashness by the PRD.
The PRD contested the nomination, arguing that on December 31 of 2000 there was no total lack of governor as Roberto Madrazo he was still in office and, in any case, that it should be the 57th Legislature, itself coming into office on January 1 of 2001 (same day as the proposed new governor), that appoint the Acting Governor.
Under this argument, legislators from the PRD, PAN, PT and two members of the PRI appointed by then Secretary General of the PRI, Adam Augusto López Hernández, as Acting Governor, thus creating an unprecedented post-election conflict in the state and the country had two governors in one office in a state.
After several negotiations and political wrangling, the conflicting parties came to an agreement and Enrique Priego Oropeza assumed the interim presidency and called for new elections to occur on the August 5 of 2001.
- "Gobernadores de Tabasco" (in Spanish). Mexico-Tenoch. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
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Manuel Andrade Díaz