Mexico coalition plan augurs shift in presidential system

8/3/2017 Reuters

Manlio Fabio Beltrones

Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), long the country’s dominant political force, must recognize its future may lie in sharing power with longtime rivals, one of its most senior lawmakers said.

Manlio Fabio Beltrones, a former PRI party chairman and Senate leader, said the increasingly fragmented political landscape in Mexico can only be repaired if parties take joint responsibility for government.

To that end, Beltrones wants to introduce rules to make coalition governments possible before Mexico elects a new president in 2018 – a move that would mark a shift in the balance of power away from a presidential system that has dominated the nation for decades.

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