May 28, 2012
The United States is not the only country holding an election this year. Mexico, our neighbor to the south is also having an election.
The U.S. has its election every four years, while Mexico has it every six years. Thus, every twelve years the two countries coincide and have presidential elections the same year.
Mexico is in the midst of its campaigning, with voting scheduled for July 1st. The winner is scheduled to take office in December of this same year.
The current president of Mexico is Felipe Calderon, who is forbidden by law to succeed himself.
Here are the four candidates running for president, in order of their current ranking in the polls:
1. Enrique Pena Nieto ,candidate of the Compromiso por México, comprised of the PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional) and its smaller Green Party partner, the Partido Verde Ecologista de México.
2. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, known by the initials AMLO , who heads up the Movimiento Progresista, an alliance of parties led by the PRD (Partido de la Revolución Democrática), the Labor Party (Partido del Trabajo, or PT), and a party called the Movimiento Ciudadano. AMLO was the PRD candidate six years ago who was barely edged out by the PAN's Felipe Calderon and refused to accept defeat.
3. Josefina Vazquez Mota, candidate for the Partido Acción Nacional, the PAN, party of the current president, Felipe Calderon. (Remember, Mexican presidents are not permitted to run for re-election).
4. Gabriel Quadri de la Torre is the standard-bearer for the Nueva Alianza, or PANAL, a party which has only existed since 2005.
It’s not always possible to find correspondence between U.S. and Mexican politics. But basically, the PAN would be the right-wing party, by Mexican standards, the PRI is middle of the road, and the PRD is the left-wing party, by Mexican standards. The PANAL is a very small party and the candidate is in the low single digits.
The 4 candidates were in a debate on May 6th. Interested readers may peruse my review of the debate, entitled Mexican Candidates Go Round and Round in Presidential Debate.
There are also congressional elections scheduled for July 1st. All 128 members of the Mexican Senate are elected to 6-year terms, and all 500 members of the Chamber of Deputies (500 members) are chosen. Also, 6 states have gubernatorial elections.
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It’s most likely that, whoever should win the presidential election, no one party is likely to dominate the Mexican Congress.
presidential race, the PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto is ahead in the
polls and looks most likely to win. Of course, that could change.
Issues that are being discussed and debated in the election include the ongoing drug war in Mexico and security, and the economy.
wins, the Mexican election is worth paying attention to. Who will win
the presidency, and how will the share power in Congress?
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Allan Wall recently returned to the U.S. after residing many years in Mexico.