Mexico’s tainted status quo faces vote of confidence

5/29/2017 Financial Times

Source: Eneas De Troya, Flickr

“I’m not going to vote for anyone, they’re all thieves,” sighed Jorge Hernández.

Residents of the town of San Mateo Atenco had just heard a list of promises from Alfredo del Mazo, candidate for governor of the State of Mexico from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). They included an unspecified “pink salary” for housewives, a new university and a cleaned-up police force.

But Mr Hernández was not buying it. “I don’t know why people continue to back all of them when we’re going to stay poor. I’ve lost faith.”

The shoe industry worker was voicing widespread disgust at corruption and violence that has put Mexico’s ruling PRI under threat in its heartland and is driving support for Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the leftist populist leading the race for presidential polls next year.

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