Nov 14, 2011

Drug War and Mexico Politics: Ex-ruling party wins violence-scarred Mexican race, defeating president’s sister in Michoacan

The Washington Post: "MORELIA, Mexico — Mexico’s former ruling party won a major governor’s race on Monday after a campaign marred by drug-cartel threats and violence, defeating President Felipe Calderon’s sister and building momentum for its drive to take back the presidency next year. With vote-counting almost complete, Fausto Vallejo Figueroa of the Institutional Revolutionary Party was nearly 3 percentage points ahead of Luisa Maria Calderon in the western state of Michoacan. The president’s sister complained that drug gangs had threatened voters and poll watchers for her party, known as the PAN.

The win for Vallejo’s party, known as the PRI, is a major step toward regaining the presidency it lost in 2000 after governing Mexico for 71 years. Most polls show the PRI’s Enrique Pena Nieto, former governor of Mexico State, leading the presidential race." read more

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