Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Presidential Showdown in the Making?

This is something we're going to be keeping a close eye on. Presidential politics in Mexico are never a sport for the faint of heart. This cycle has been the worst on record with the election results very close and emphatically disputed by the losers. President-elect Felipe Calderon from the PAN party is scheduled to take office on December 1st. The PRD candidate, Manuel Lopez Obrador, is vehemently alleging voter fraud despite any credible evidence. He insists that he is the rightful president and is mobilizing his political allies to disrupt the inauguration ceremony on December 1st "by any measures and actions deemed necessary".

The ceremony is still three weeks away and the weeks leading up to it will undoubdtedly bring more threats and posturing from both sides. To what lenghts is Lopez Obrador willing to go to disrupt the transfer of power? I don't think anybody knows at this point and that is perhaps the scariest aspect of the situation. Like I said, we will be keeping a close eye on this as it unfolds.



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