July 13, 2009
George Baker, Mexidata.info, 7/13/2009
In Mexico’s political system the mechanism of the popular vote has a place, but that place is typically reserved for junior persons who merely aspire to a political career. The senators and federal deputies who will become the leaders of the key committees will be those who take their seats by a uniquely Mexican system known by an untranslatable name of “plurinominal.”
The idea, as described in MEI Report 566 (“Introduction to the Mexican Congress”), is that 200 of the 500 seats in the federal congress are reserved for persons who will be named by party leaders on the strength of the showing of the party in the popular vote in each of 5 electoral regions (called by another untranslatable name of “circunscripciones”).
Of those who will likely occupy leadership positions few will have taken their seats by popular election; most will be appointed by party leadership on the basis of kinship ties, union power or former government service. On the PRI list, for example, there is a niece and a nephew of a former president of Mexico.
July 6, 2009
Elisabeth Malkinei, New York Times, 7/6/2009
With nearly all votes counted early Monday, it was clear that President Felipe Calderón had suffered a setback in midterm elections, as the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party unseated his party as the dominant force in Mexico’s fractured Congress.
The Sunday vote heralded a renaissance in the opposition party, known as the PRI, which dominated Mexican politics for much of the 20th century. Its comeback reflected both the effects of the global economic crisis and voter weariness with the violence caused by the government’s crackdown on drug traffickers.
July 6, 2009
Oscar Laski, AFP
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Midterm elections in Mexico, which dealt a heavy blow to President Felipe Calderon’s conservative ruling party, marked the resurgence of the leftist opposition that ruled the country for most of the last century.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which held an ironclad grip on power in Mexico from 1929 until losing to Calderon’s National Action Party (PAN) in 2000, now reclaims its historical role as the biggest bloc in the legislature after Sunday’s vote, the party’s leaders said.
“We have become the number one political force in the Chamber of Deputies and with our alliance with the Green party, not only will we be the main force, but we will have an absolute majority,” said the party’s jubilant chairwoman Beatriz Paredes, after results were released.
July 1, 2009
Mexico’s opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, held a firm lead heading into congressional elections on July 5, according to a poll by Consulta Mitofsky published on Tuesday.
The centrist PRI, which ruled Mexico for most of the 20th century until its defeat by the National Action Party, or PAN, in 2000, is set to win 34 percent of the vote for the lower house of Congress, making it the biggest party in the chamber, according to the poll.
June 30, 2009
On Sunday, July 5, Mexico will hold midterm elections for its 500-member Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the federal bicameral Congress. Usually ho-hum affairs, excepting one supposes among candidates, political parties, those who govern and the media, this year’s campaigns and the forthcoming elections have a number of sidebar stories that are adding color to the scene.
Moreover, the results will be important insofar as the partisan makeup of Congress over the next three years well may influence the success or failure of the proposals, plans and aspirations of President Felipe Calderón and his government. It would be unfortunate – and sad – if Calderón would become a virtual lame duck through 2012.
June 24, 2009
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Mexico’s upcoming congressional elections could be decisive for President Felipe Calderon’s plans to overhaul the economy to boost growth analysts say as Mexico seeks to emerge from its deepest recession since 1995.
All 500 seats in Mexico’s lower house are up for grabs on July 5, and polls show a centrist opposition party is poised to replace Calderon’s conservatives as the biggest force in Congress.
A key issue will be the willingness of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, to work with Calderon to boost tax collection and wean the federal budget off oil revenues as the country’s black gold runs out.
June 18, 2009
One election spot shows a masked wrestler fighting drug traffickers and promising to crack down on cartels. Another ad vows to give the death penalty to kidnappers. A third pledges to hand out free medicine to the poor. But the campaign for Mexico’s midterm elections that is getting the most media attention is promising nothing at all and urging people to vote for nobody.
Dubbed the voto en blanco, or “blank vote,” the curious movement emerged on blogs and in YouTube videos when campaigns kicked off last month. Since then it has snowballed, with prominent intellectuals and several politicians themselves joining its ranks.
May 29, 2009
China View, 5/29/2009
MEXICO CITY, May 29 (Xinhua) — Mexico’s mid-term elections may well see a historically low turnout of some 30 percent, a leading pollster told Xinhua in an interview on Friday.
Lund is predicting a turnout of some 30 percent, lower than the 41.67 percent in the mid-term elections in 2003, and less than half of the number that turned out for 2000’s general elections, which brought a new party the National Action Party (PAN) to power for the first time in 71 years.
May 18, 2009
Mexico needs to quickly come up with a plan to tackle its growing fiscal problems, central bank Governor Guillermo Ortiz said on Monday, as Mexico struggles with a low tax take and sliding oil revenues.
Standard & Poor’s placed Mexico’s credit rating on review last week with an eye to a possible downgrade, citing the country’s heavy reliance on oil sales and doubts over the political will of the government to boost non-oil tax revenues despite sliding crude output.
“It is really urgent that once we are through the elections that a medium-term fiscal program be designed and passed,” central bank Governor Guillermo Ortiz said, referring to mid-term congressional elections in early July.
May 6, 2009
El Universal, 5/6/2009
The PRD celebrates its 20th anniversary with its national headquarters closed (because employees tested positive for H1N1), the party split into two divided factions, and in third place in polls for the upcoming elections. Five months after assuming leadership of the party, Jesús Ortega continues to energetically pursue his strategic reunification plan to reincorporate supporters of the defeated candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the 2006 elections.
In the most recent El Universal poll from March 3, the PRD had the support 12.2% of voters, compared with the 30.3% for the PRI and 27.4% for the PAN