Mexico's Election and the Continuing Revolution

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Presidential Campaign and Current Issues

Certainity of Victory for Government Candidate

Every six years, the voters of Mexico go to the polls in a ritualized imitation of a free election. The exercise has been likened to a Mexican hat dance, because the outcome is never in doubt. This year, on Sunday, July 5, the winning candidate for President will be 47-year-old Luis Echeverria, now Minister of the Interior in the Cabinet of outgoing President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz. Echeverria is the hand-picked selection of a small coterie of ex-Presidents and high officials of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), He has opposition only from a group of tiny minority parties, chief among them the conservative National Action Party (PAN).

Mexico is not a democracy as the terra is understood ...

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