9 elections abroad to watch in 2012

This news story from Politico on important upcoming elections across the world features the Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide


Before the U.S. holds its presidential election in November, voters (or party officials, in one case) around the world will have their chance to elect a new class of leaders.

So whomever wins the White House will encounter a fresh challenge of personalities and policies in key countries, some U.S. allies, some not. Here are 9 foreign contests to watch….

….MEXICO: July 1 — In a contest that could have implications for immigration and trade policies with America, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, whose war against the cartels has defined U.S.-Mexican relations for the past six years, is term-limited and can’t run for reelection. Calderon’s party, the National Action Party (PAN), is on track to lose power for the first time since 2000, likely to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), whose nominee, Enrique Peña Nieto, told Univision in November that civil institutions need to start replacing the military in the war on the cartels. But if the PAN does hold on, the Mexican people will elect their first female president, current education minister Josefina Vázquez Mota.

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