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Camarilla

 

a group of influential courtiers. The term“camarilla” came into use at the time of King Ferdinand VII ofSpain, who ruled in 1808 and again from 1814 to 1833. Duringhis reign his retainers, who actually ruled the country, began tomeet in a small anteroom to the more spacious royal apartments(camarilla). The court clique under Ferdinand VII and severalother Spanish kings represented the interests of the reactionarynobility and clergy and used its position for personal gain. Theword “camarilla” has become a generic term.

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Finally, in order to ensure the stability of his regime and of the presidential succession, by 1940 Cardenas reached an understanding with the official camarilla that controlled Yucatecan machine politics.
The stakes in the tapado game are high; politicians who make the wrong assumptions risk ending their careers and those of their camarillas (Colmenares 1969, 20).
Acomodaticio is devoted entirely to the corrupt and violent atmosphere of one representative camarilla (political clique) that defines itself by its loyalty to a political figure rather than to an ideology or policy.