Jul 8, 2011

Mexican Politics: Scandal erupts over power of Mexican union leader

The Associated Press: Scandal erupts over power of Mexican union leader: "Elba Esther Gordillo is probably Mexico's most powerful woman, president of the nation's biggest union and a potential kingmaker in next year's presidential election.

Now she's fighting allegations from a former ally that she tried to extort nearly $2 million a month from a federal agency in a scandal that has raised questions about how far reform has taken root in Mexico following the 2000 ouster of the long-ruling Institutional Revolution Party, or PRI.

The accusation hurled by the former head of Mexico's social security system for government workers comes as Mexico's two largest political parties struggle over how avidly they should woo Gordillo, who has built a uniquely independent position of power as head of the 1.5-million-member teacher's union."

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