The Final Count: EPN 38.21%, AMLO 31.59%, JVM 25.41% [In Spanish]

July 6, 2012

El Universal, 07/06/2012

All the votes have been counted and PRI-PVEM candidate Enrique Peña Nieto has once again come out triumphant. Enrique Peña Nieto won with 38.21% of the vote, PRD candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador was behind by 6.62% with 31.59% of the vote, PAN candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota came in third with 25.41% and PNA candidate Gabriel Quadri came in fourth with 2.47%.

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In second Mexico vote, this time of migrants, Vazquez Mota wins

July 5, 2012

The Los Angeles Times, 07/02/2012

Josefina Vázquez Mota

The tiny but closely watched migrant segment of the Mexican electorate voted firmly for Josefina Vazquez Mota of the governing National Action Party (PAN), an opposite result to her third-place showing in the national race.

The results announced Monday by the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) also showed a 23% increase in voter-abroad participation over the 2006 election, the first time Mexicans living abroad had the right to vote.

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Video: Josefina Vázquez Mota spoke to the nation and acknowledged defeat [in Spanish]

July 2, 2012

Univision, 07/01/2012

Josefina Vázquez Mota

Josefina Vázquez Mota spoke to the nation and acknowledged her defeat earlier in the evening.

To see video click here.


Mexico’s failing schools spell trouble for ruling party

June 12, 2012

The Washington Post, 6/09/2012

When he was elected president six years ago, Felipe Calderon appointed a bright and energetic political operator to fix the country’s wreck of a public education system, where teachers buy and sell their jobs and half the children drop out after junior high

In the past few days, teachers have been accused of stealing copies of a national exam in an effort to boost student scores. And teachers refusing to take exams to prove their basic competency abandoned their schools in protest, while Calderon proclaimed that “enough is enough” and pleaded with them to get back in the classroom.

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Who will win the Mexican election?

June 12, 2012

6/12/12, Al Jazeera

For months Enrique Pena Nieto has enjoyed a commanding lead in the polls in the run-up to Mexico’s presidential election on July 1…

As Mexico’s presidential race enters its final weeks, we ask: Who is going to win the Mexican election? And can anyone stop Enrique Pena Nieto being elected the country’s president?

Inside Story Americas, with presenter Shihab Rattansi, discusses with guests: Maria Jose Lopez, a spokesperson for the ‘Yo Soy 132′ or ‘I am 132′ student movement; Eric Olson, a senior associate at the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and Francisco Gonzalez, a professor of Latin American studies at John Hopkins university.

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In Mexico, a Candidate Stands Out Despite Attacks

June 12, 2012

Archibold, Randal, The New York Times, 6/11/12

Despite the bombardment, Enrique Peña Nieto, the target of the attacks, remains the odds-on favorite to win Mexico’s presidential election on July 1, with a comfortable margin in most polls and an air of invincibility…

At Sunday’s debate, Ms. Vázquez Mota warned of “a return to authoritarianism” if Mr. Peña Nieto were elected, but he has pushed the sunnier aspects of the party, the political stability, economic expansion and large public works Mexico enjoyed under its tenure. As governor of Mexico State until last year, Mr. Peña Nieto was known best for building hospitals and roads and issuing 600 “commitments” he said he had fulfilled, no matter what his opponents say.

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Mexico Institute Elections Blog


Mexico election: Candidates in final debate push

June 11, 2012

BBC News, 6/11/12

Mexico’s four presidential candidates have held their final televised debate ahead of the 1 July election, promising to reduce violence and tackle poverty.

Hours earlier, thousands of young people protested in Mexico City against front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.

Josefina Vazquez Mota, of the governing National Action Party (PAN), went on the attack, saying both Mr Pena Nieto and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador represented the past.

During the debate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) said the current government was “rotten” and it was time for change.

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AMLO, Josefina and Quadri plan to attend debate with #YoSoy132 [In Spanish]

June 7, 2012

ADNPolítico, 6/6/2012

Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), Josefina Vázquez Mota and Gabriel Quadri accepted to attend the debate organized by the #YoSoy132 movement. Enrique Peña Nieto will most likely decline as the student movement has openly declared itself against the PRI-PVEM presidential candidate.

Last Wednesday, the student movement uploaded a promotional video on YouTube that invites the presidential candidates to participate in the debate.

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Election Update and the #YoSoy123 movement: Parametría [In Spanish]

June 5, 2012

Carta Paramétrica, 6/4/2012

According to the latest poll results by Parametría, the frontrunner in the presidential electoral race is still Enrique Peña Nieto (PRI-PVEM) with 43% of effective voter preference. Andrés Manuel López Obrador (PRD-PT-MC) is located in second place with 30% of effective voter preference. This signifies a reduction of 13 points between the first and second place, the smallest difference registered by Parametría so far.

Josefina Vázquez Mota (PAN) appears in third place with 24% of effective voter preference, and Gabriel Quadri (Nueva Alianza) obtains 3% of effective voter preference.

Parametría also carried out a survey about the #YoSoy132 movement in Mexico. Based on the poll conducted from May 23rd to May 25th, 55% of the participants knew about this student movement. Eight out of ten respondents who knew about the #YoSoy132 movement believe that the students protested against Enrique Peña Nieto.

For 52% of the respondents, the PRI was the target of the protest; 29% mentioned that Televisa was the focus of the critique and 26% that the media was the target. In addition, 23% believes that the protesters stood up against the manipulation of information by the media.

View complete Parametría polls results and graphs here.


Vázquez Mota received at the Ibero amidst booing and applause [In Spanish]

June 4, 2012

Proceso, 6/4/2012

Josefina Vázquez Mota was received at the Universidad Iberoamericana amidst applause, booing, cries asking her to resign, and protest signs for the tragedy at the ABC nursery. Some students wore t-shirts that read: “I am perfect, I am proudly Ibero.” The presidential candidate was received by around 300 students at the auditorium José Sánchez Villaseñor.

While a group supporting Vázquez Mota cheered “Josefina! Josefina!”, youth who also participated in the protest against Enrique Peña Nieto last May 11th led a movement against the PAN candidate by showing photographs of the dead children at the ABC nursery and asking her to resign.

Vázquez Mota used the first sentences of her speech to apologize to the students for her declaration on March 13th when she told the ITAM students: “Nobody is perfect: I graduated from the Ibero.”

She reiterated: “I am proudly a woman and proudly Ibero.”

In addition, she recognized the #YoSoy132 movement and said that she does not seek to make profit at the expense of this organization.

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