Jul 11, 2012

Mexico's old ruling party falls short of majority

In the lower house of Congress, it is expected that 240 seats will go to the PRI and the Green Party, 10 to the New Alliance Party, 114 to the PAN, and 101 to the PRD, although the PRD is also allied with smaller parties (together the progressive party could have 136 seats). Final totals are still to be determined in a few weeks.

AP: MEXICO CITY - Mexico's old ruling party and its allies appear to have fallen just short of a majority in both houses of Congress, electoral authorities said Tuesday, giving smaller parties the potential of leveraging their swing votes and increasing the likelihood that parties will try to poach congressmen from rivals.

The Institutional Revolutionary Party, which held Mexico's presidency for 71 years, has been declared the winner of the July 1 presidential elections, marking its first return to the presidency since 2000. Read more.

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