Cuautemoc Cardenas, a politician known as the moral leader of Mexico's main leftist party, said Sunday that the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) was about to fall apart, following a series of questionable decisions, as well as the disappearance of 43 students in the state of Guerrero, where the party is in control.
In a letter to party members, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas requested the resignation of PRD President Carlos Navarrete and the entire national executive committee, noting that the PRD is in the worst crisis in its history.
He accused party leaders of following "a political line of contradictions, corruption, and failure to respect the statutory principles,” adding that the party has lost its credibility, militant presence and moral authority.
The PRD, which Cardenas helped found in 1989, rules Guerrero state, as well as the city of Iguala, where students from the Ayotzinapa teacher college were fired upon by local police last September 26-27, resulting in the deaths of six people and the disappearance of 43 students.
The national attorney general has accused the arrested PRD mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, of the deaths of six people, including three students, and masterminding the student disappearances, along with his wife, an aspiring mayor.
The PRD governor of Guerrero, Angel Aguirre, resigned over the scandal, and students demand that he be punished for his role in this and other acts of repression.
In his open letter, Cardenas called on Carlos Navarrete and the PRD leadership to resign to allow a process of reconstruction to begin under provisional leadership.