Mar 25, 2012

2 of Mexico’s biggest parties won’t meet quota to have 40 percent of candidates as women

Washington Post: Two of Mexico’s three largest political parties have said they have not been able to comply with a legal requirement to reserve 40 percent of their congressional candidacies for women, electoral authorities said Saturday.

The position taken by the governing National Action Party, the former ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party and the smaller Green party were the latest chapter in a decade-long struggle to increase women’s participation in Mexican politics.

The announcement comes, ironically, as President Felipe Calderon’s National Action Party is the country’s first major political party to nominate a female candidate for the presidency. Josefina Vazquez Mota is running No. 2 in opinion polls, but generally trails the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s candidate by about 10 points.

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