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Mexico Will Celebrate Elections This Year

Mexico Will Celebrate Elections This Year

Upcoming elections will bring one of the three options that Mexico has for a new government.

For one, it could give the victory for the first time to the left-wing (PRD party) in the name of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the candidate who six years ago competed against current President, Felipe Calderón.

López Obrador (AMLO) is well known among all Mexicans, who was chosen in a survey a few months ago by the left militants to be the only left presidential candidate, bringing down the other left-wing hopeful and current Mexico City mayor, Marcelo Ebrard. Back in the elections of 2006 AMLO wasn’t viewed as the favorite by the U.S. Government as he was considered another Hugo Chávez for his socialists views.

Enrique Peña Nieto, PRI’s only candidate, could bring his party back in power. PRI was that political party that governed Mexico for 72 years until 2000 when the PAN won the elections for the first time with Vicente Fox, followed by Felipe Calderón (also PAN).

For many people, particularly adults, Peña Nieto is a threat because he represents the corruption and poverty Mexico was (and still is) when the party was the political force of the country; however, for many young people, who don’t really know Mexico’s past, Peña Nieto is well positioned and a change from the current government as surveys show. Also, Peña Nieto is favorite among women; his handsomeness and the fact that he married one of the most popular Mexican telenovela stars have helped him increase his popularity.

The party in power right now, PAN, has a huge challenge ahead. Not only are there three contenders at the moment, Santiago Creel, Ernesto Cordero and Josefina Vázquez Mota, but also, they need to fight against the terribly decreasing image they have among Mexicans.

Felipe Calderón, current Mexican President, is leading the so far strongest “war” against organized crime, which has resulted in more than 40 thousand people dead and has caused violence to increase in some of the most important cities and ports of Mexico like Monterrey, Nuevo León; Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua; Acapulco, Guerrero; Morelia, Michoacán, among others.

This increase in violence have many Mexican considering a change in government for the next coming elections; now it all depends on who the PAN candidate will compete against Peña Nieto and AMLO.

Which one is your favorite and why?

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    Daniel

    Daniel is our Mexico City-based editor and Dos Lives contributor. Contact him at Daniel[at]doslives[dot].com.
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