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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Mexico Elections

Sunday, August 5 elections were held here in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca. Following on the heels of months of civil unrest, many were expecting violence and protests. While I am happy to report that violence was almost non existent, I am not pleased with the results.

Once again the Darth Vader of Mexican politics, the PRI, swept to victory across the entire state. This gives them control of all levels of the state government as they already own the governorship with the very unpopular Ulises Ruiz (URO) in charge.

For those of you not well versed in what this means, let me try and explain. The PRI, won every national election in Mexico for over seventy years until Vicente Fox broke the string in 2000. They have held power in most of the poorest southern states all that time as well. This includes Oaxaca where almost 70% of the voters stayed home Sunday rather that participate in an election they felt would be won by PRI no matter how they voted.

This is the attitude in an area where people are used to seeing votes bought and sold, intimidation, and outright rigging of elections.

In a connected note, PRI was unable to break a string of three straight victories by the Nation Action Party (PAN) in Baja California. Despite spending a mountain of money, Jorge Hank Rhon was unable to beat the PAN candidate, Osuna Millan, to win the governorship of our close neighbor to the south. This is good for both Mexico, and the US as Millan and the PAN party are much better to deal with than either Jorge Hank or the PRI would be on our doorstep.

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:33 PM) : 

You're right the PAN party is much better to deal with FOR YOU, but not for the people of Baja California, and certainly not for Mexico, Jorge Hank was a good candidate and was cheated to a point of no return the same way Bush won the first and second election.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (5:38 PM) : 


As I said, I was making a judgment based on the US viewpoint. As for whether Jorge hank would have been better for Baja, sadly we will not be finding that out.

I am amazed at how quickly people in Mexico are ready to forgive and forget almost 80 years of stolen elections and really want to give hank a chance.

For me, he is a member of the party that has repeatedly raped the people of Mexico for most of the last century.

As for cheating now, I find it interesting to note that both of our countries have taken to crying fraud whenever our favorite candidate loses.

Was there fraud in Oaxaca when the PRI party beat both PAN and the PRD there? I find it inconceivable that PAN could successfully steal an election in Baja and yet get killed in Oaxaca.

Maybe Hank just lost in Baja as did PAN in Oaxaca.


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