Jan 11, 2012

Mexico Politics: The Michoacán Debacle: Fault Lines Ahead of the Mexican Presidential Election

A good, clear explication of the election turmoil in the Mexican state of Michoacán and how it may foreshadow the coming presidential election

Upsidedownworld: "On December 28, Mexico’s Federal Electoral Tribunal (TEPJF) annulled the recent mayoral election in Morelia, Michoacán, as the ugly fallout to the state’s gubernatorial and local elections in November continues. Opposition parties have called for the rest of the results to be thrown out as well – an unlikely prospect – amid a slew of controversies that hint at turmoil to come in this year’s presidential race.

... Ostensibly, the elections in Michoacán represented another significant victory for the PRI, with the party’s Enrique Pena Nieto a strong favorite to take the presidency on July 1. However, they also illustrated all too well the difficulty of holding fair elections in a region of the country plagued by corruption and organized crime." read more

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