Monday, July 9, 2012

2012 Presidential Elections: Mexico

This is the seventh in a series of posts on the numerous presidential elections this year. The first six posts were on the elections in, Taiwan, RussiaSenegal, France, Egypt, and Paraguay (not technically an election).

A week ago, on July 2, Enrique Peña Nieto became the next president of Mexico, defeating Andrés Manuel López Obrador on the left and Josefina Vázquez Mota on the right.

This is good news for those who see Peña Nieto as the best option to  redirect the Mexican economy and the . Many considered Vázquez Mota to be less than fully competent, though she is from the same party as the last two presidents, and many others considered López Obrador to be discredited from the way he handled himself after the last campaign. This is also good news for those who want to see the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) back on power, as it had been for decades before Fox and Calderón, the last two Mexican presidents and from the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN).
This is bad news for those think that Peña Nieto represents the same old PRI corruption, tied too closely with the biggest TV networks in Mexico. This is bad news for those who believe him to be more just a pretty face than a serious politician who can fix Mexico's problems.

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