Head of Mexico’s ruling PRI steps down after electoral drubbing

06/20/16 Reuters

BeltronesThe president of Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, announced his resignation on Monday, two weeks after the party of President Enrique Pena Nieto suffered a humiliating defeat in regional elections.

Manlio Fabio Beltrones, a former governor and veteran federal lawmaker, announced his decision to step down after the PRI won only five of the dozen governors races up for grabs in the June 5 vote. It previously held nine of them.

The results were far worse for the centrist party than most polls had forecast.

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