The votes are in! Policy specifics are out! Two-cents on the mid-term elections in Mexico.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI – the same party that governed Mexico for 71 years in a “perfect dictatorship”) made a comeback to power in last weekend’s mid-term elections. Overall, PRI gained 37% of the vote, while Calderon’s PAN party won 28%, and the leftist-democratic PRD slipped with only 12%.
Although successful in the election it isn’t clear exactly what PRI’s platform is (in fact, it’s not that clear what any party’s platform really is). PRI won with the promise to improve the economy and create jobs, but how they’ll do so is not that clear. PAN offers a strategy for confronting drug crime but not much else except its Christian conservative values. Lastly, the PRD was campaigning on a “popular economy” which promised to make more economic opportunities for the poor (but once again there wasn’t much in terms of specifics on how).
All in all, commentators are opining that the election is a public referrendum on the lack of economic progress, the drug violence which has accompanied PAN‘s counter-narcotics strategy, and the internal divisions within the PRD.
In related news, the Vota en Blanco (No Vote) campaign was apparently successful with over 300,000 people turning in ballots without a vote for any candidate.