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Mexico's PAN divided over pact with gov't


Mexico City, May 20 (EFE).- Sen. Ernesto Cordero, the conservative National Action Party's coordinator in the Mexican Senate, is being removed from his post, party chairman Gustavo Madero said.

The move comes amid a rift in the opposition party over the political pact it entered into with the government.

"I have asked the senators to a meeting on Tuesday to consult with them on who they think has the best qualifications to take over from Ernesto Cordero, who is the person best able to ensure good relations between the legislative group and the (PAN National) Committee," Madero said in an interview with the Milenio newspaper.

Cordero criticized the campaign finance reform provisions of the Pact for Mexico and worked with a leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, senator to come up with a proposal that was stricter than that backed by Madero.

"The decision has been made, shared and made official," the PAN chairman told Milenio.

The PAN joined the Pact for Mexico, an agreement between the government and the country's main political parties to promote structural reforms.

President Enrique Peña Nieto and the leaders of the main political parties signed the Pact for Mexico on Dec. 2 at Chapultepec Castle.

The document was signed by Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, interim chairwoman Cristina Diaz, Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, chairman Jesus Zambrano and Madero.