Apr 2, 2012

A Wary Mexico Sizes Up Contenders for the Presidency

NY Times: Mexico’s presidential campaign has begun, and the disdain seeping from these common descriptions of the three main candidates reflects what experts say are low expectations.

Mexican voters, polls show, have been losing faith in democracy as their nation teeters between modern success and violent failure. Whoever wins on July 1 will inherit a Mexico disillusioned and stuck, caught between forces of the past that resist change and the frustration of those who have begun to expect more from their leaders.

Crime in particular requires immediate attention. More than 50,000 people have died in drug-related killings since late 2006, and the justice system is a farce: more than 98 percent of crimes go unpunished, according to studies of government data. read more

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