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Gloomy election outlook for Mexico

Approximately three months remain before Mexicans go to the polls to elect a new president, and we are getting the impression that pundits and regular Josés alike are starting to get used to the idea that Andrés Manuel López Obrador might actually be elected this time.  We ourselves are laboring to come to grips with this potential outcome, in a process not unlike the seven stages of grief, although we’re still mostly stuck at stage four, depression.  We’re still struggling to accept that Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, and now on top of that the prospect of our own populist nationalist zealot taking over…maybe this helps explain why mezcal sales are skyrocketing. Continue reading Gloomy election outlook for Mexico

Sullen outlook as Mexican mid-term elections near

The electorate
The electorate

Here in Mexico City the light poles and overpasses – and just about every other available surface – are festooned with taxpayer-financed electoral propaganda. Yes, there’s a buzz in the air, and it’s the sound of José Lunchpails across the nation saying “How can I possibly vote for any of these unconscionably corrupt political parties and their hopelessly venal candidates?”

To be honest, this will be our challenge when we head to the polls on June 7 to vote for members of the federal Chamber of Deputies, and in some locations for state governors and other local officials. Locally here in Mexico City, we will vote for representatives to the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District (ALDF) and heads of the city boroughs, called Delegaciones. In certain aspects, June 7 will be an election of firsts. Continue reading Sullen outlook as Mexican mid-term elections near

New political parties line up for public funds

JackpotIn early July 2014, Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) granted official registrations to three new political parties. As of August 1, these parties joined with the existing seven parties holding national registration to make a total of 10 political parties now slurping at the trough of public monies provided to parties with registration. The INE granted each of the new groups a welcome gift of approximately US$230,000 to tide them over through the end of the current year before their full annual subsidies kick in next year. Continue reading New political parties line up for public funds