Mexico conservatives replace congressional whip

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Associated Press

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 10:01 AM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's conservative National Action Party has replaced its congressional minority leader after he and other party leaders were seen on a video dancing with escorts.

The party is known as the PAN and has often taken moralistic positions, like banning public kissing in one city it governs.

PAN party president Gustavo A. Madero announced Wednesday he was replacing Luis Alberto Villarreal as party leader in the lower house of congress.

Villarreal acknowledged he attended a party earlier this year where PAN bigwigs were seen dancing, embracing or caressing women apparently hired as escorts.

Mayors have also claimed PAN senators and congressmen demanded kickbacks from federal funds they allot to cities.

The PAN ousted the long-ruling PRI party from the presidency from 2000 to 2012, when the PRI returned.

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