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Top Female Politician to Lead Leftist Party

The World | IN BRIEF / MEXICO

March 25, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The top female politician in Mexico was declared the winner of last week's chaotic election to lead the country's third-largest political party.

With polling places in all 31 states and Mexico City accounted for, former Mexico City Mayor Rosario Robles received 417,226 votes for the leadership of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party. Sen. Jesus Ortega, who placed second, will be secretary-general.

The election was marred by violence, fraud charges and infighting.

Robles was acting Mexico City mayor from 1999 to 2000--the most prominent post ever obtained in Mexico by a female politician.

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