"I only did it out of love for country"
The president of Mexico's lower legislative body, the Cámara de Diputados, today asked the executive committee of the National Action Party (PAN) to expel former president Vicente Fox, who served as the nation's chief executive from 2000-06.
Fox infuriated his own party during the recent political campaign when he repeatedly made public statements of support for Mexico's president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Fox said that Josefina Vázquez Mota couldn't win, and that the country needed to get behind the most popular candidate (México tiene un nuevo presidente). He claimed that he made his remarks only out of "love for Mexico." Vázquez Mota finished in distant third place in Sunday's balloting.
Neither Vázquez Mota nor Peña Nieto have commented on today's development.
Background stories are below.
June 5 - Vicente Fox, a PRIsta in very thin disguise
April 12 - Vicente Fox does his best to sink Josefina
July 14 - A PRI cabinet post for Fox? The former president refused to comment on rumors that his betrayal of Josefina Vázquez Mota would result in an appointment to a diplomatic post in the new Peña Nieto administration. PAN will conduct a closed-door hearing on an expulsion motion July 22. Fox likewise had no comment on the latter.
July 10 - Vicente Fox “traicionó” al PAN dando su apoyo al PRI
July 8 - El PAN iniciará el proceso contra Vicente Fox por apoyar a Peña Nieto
July 6 - Vicente Fox: "Yo defiendo la libertad de expresar mis ideas"
July 4 - Vicente Fox is "already gone" as far as PAN is concerned (Spanish)
April 16 - Vicente Fox: legalize all drugs immediately