Controversy around Mexico’s presidential elections
Three days after Mexico’s citizens calmly voted for the future of their country, an air of controversy is still being felt, mainly initiated by leftist losing party’s candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Most of the allegations are very similar of the ones he made in 2006 when he lost by the minimum margin to current president Felipe Calderon. Mexican citizens have grown tired of this kind of behavior and just want to move on. The country has bigger problems to attend than dealing with a man that will never be satisfied with the decision until he wins. Mexico is a country that’s been heavily crippled by a war against the cartels that has produced around 60,000 deaths in the current administration alone. This toll weighted big in the voters mind and it was reflected in the results.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) returned to power after a 12 year abscense giving it a shot to redeem themselves. Their reign as the lone government for 72 continuous years came to an end when Vicente Fox of the National Action Party (PAN) beat them in the 2000 elections. The party’s been known as being corrupt and with dictator-like activities making them a sort of a threat to the first world aspirations of this country if they came back. After 12 years they are finally back. Mexicans decided that none of the current candidates was fit enough to stop the return of the PRI. The strategy employed was carefuly crafted, from the moment they chose their candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto to the moment the campaign ended. It was very reminiscent of Fox’s way to the top, probably used as a blue print for them to come back. It worked.
Leftist contender Obrador has now lost twice against different party’s. The Opinion of the mexicans has been made clear, they don’t want him as their president. Even if the 6.5% difference was overturned, the fact that 32% of the people voted for him means 68%. Maybe he is the best choice, maybe he isn’t, but in order for the country to move forward they need to stay together and work as a unity. Another controversy wont help them establish themselves as a serious player in the world economy sweepstakes, something that has been some sort of a dream ever since the Salinas de Gortari days.
Mexico is falling behind other Latin American countries, Chile and Brazil come to mind. These countries have changed their ways and have succeeded as new power houses in global economies. Mexico has a clear advantage over these countries as they’re closest to the number 1 economy in the world, something they don’t seem to take full advantage of. Lets hope they set their internal differences aside and start working as a team. The PRI, PAN and PRD have one thing in common, they are all full of mexican nationals, and that comes first when being faced to the world.
Posted on July 4, 2012, in Economy, International, News and tagged Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Enrique Peña Nieto, Felipe Calderon, Mexican Elections, mexico, Mexico Elects President, PRI, World Economy. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.