Thursday, September 07, 2006

South of the Border

I love drama, and there is some great drama unfolding in Mexico. Andrés Manuel López Obrador narrowly lost the presidential election to Felipe Calderon. Accusations of election frauds spread through the country faster than you can say “Hasta mañana”!

Obrador’s refusal to concede defeat is bringing Mexico to a verge of a civil war. His supporters, mainly the poor and the left-leaning middle class, are staging civil disobedience and creating all sort of disruptions for the current government and the incoming government.

Most Western countries already recognize Calderon as the Mexican president-elect. That’s because Calderon is seen as pro-business and would likely make it easy for foreign investments. Obrador, who is threatening to create a parallel government to champion the poor, could be Mexico’s Juan Perón.

Let the drama begin!


Blogger Alec said...

It has been interesting to watch. Nonetheless, I believe that Calderon will eventually be recognized. The political rematch polls show his support down to 32 percent or so if the election were to be held today.

To be honest, I am not certain what Mexico needs right now.

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