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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Mexico's Upcoming Elections - A Dictator at Our Door?

In the Weekly Standard, Angel Jaramillo asks, "Will a Hugo Chávez-style leftist become president south of the border?" Mr. Jaramillo provides a short bio of each candidate as follows:
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The corrupt and oligarchic Revolutionary Institutional party (PRI) which ruled Mexico for 71 years, has chosen a candidate of the old guard. Robert Madrazo long flourished as an apparatchik and political leader within the PRI, and now offers empty rhetoric and an outdated program. Even some of his supporters have little confidence in him. The recent involvement of the PRI governor of the state of Puebla in an alleged plot to jail a journalist will likely further damage Madrazo. Ideologically a chameleon party, the PRI has no clear stance on the issues. Madrazo's best hope is to be seen as the least of three evils, an unlikely outcome in light of his party's history. At this point Madrazo is trailing the other two candidates slightly, and it would take a miracle to put him into the lead.
[Felipe] Calderón's chief handicap is that, at 43, he is relatively unknown in Mexican politics. He supports free trade, globalization, foreign investment, and sound monetary and fiscal policies, and makes a point of affirming his commitment to the rule of law and the protection of human rights. A Harvard graduate, he seems to understand the importance of Mexico's partnership with the United States. Having defeated Fox's heir apparent, former Secretary of Government Santiago Creel, in the primaries, Calderón is not seen as a Fox protégé. López Obrador could hardly be more different. He came of age politically in the PRI in the state of Tabasco, where several prominent men of letters were his mentors. When his reformist wing of the party was sidelined by the technocrats led by Carlos Salinas de Gortari, he switched allegiances and helped to found the PRD. Immediately, he became a charismatic leader and helped his party rise. As mayor of Mexico City from 2000 to 2005, López Obrador carried out major public works, notably highway improvements, and laid the groundwork for his presidential bid. However, his tenure as mayor was marred by acts of corruption by close aides and by a lack of accountability. Currently he is ahead in most of the polls.

Mr. Jaramillo concluds, In a nutshell: López Obrador looks like an old-fashioned authoritarian leftist who will lean towards demagoguery à la Chávez.

Immigration is the big news today, we would hope notice will be taken to the possibility of Mexico electing a president who will be partnered with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Camilo Pino said...

Just a month ago Mexican Presidential Candiate Andrés Manuel López Obrador looked unbeatable, with a 10% lead in the Mexican presidential race. However the latest edition of a monthly poll
published by national newspaper El Universal is showing a different picture. Here are the numbers:

-Andrés M. López Obrador, Alianza Por el Bien de Todos: 38% (42% in March).
-Felipe Calderón, National Action Party: 34% (32% in March).
-Roberto Madrazo, Institutional Revolutionary: 25% (24% in March).

Felipe Calderón is gaining momentum just when he needs it, two months prior to election day, whereas López Obrador is quickly losing ground. This trend heralds a dramatic finale.

4/18/2006 06:02:00 PM  
Blogger Liberally Conservative said...

Thank You for the update, I appreciate the encouraging news.

Don

4/18/2006 11:40:00 PM  

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