July 2, 2007 |
A year after losing Mexico's presidential election, leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador proved he can still draw a crowd, filling the capital's central square Sunday with tens of thousands of supporters eager for his message of relief and justice for the country's poor. "The people of Mexico have a heart that is collectivist, free and progressive," Lopez Obrador, 53, said to cheering supporters who waited hours for his 1 p.m. arrival at the city's sprawling Zocalo.
December 2, 2006 |
Felipe Calderon, a diminutive but determined 44-year-old conservative, was inaugurated Friday as president of a deeply divided Mexico amid fisticuffs between rival lawmakers and raucous protests in the country's "legislative palace." Leaders of the largest opposition party in Congress, the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, say Calderon's election was illegitimate, and they battled conservative congressional deputies and senators on the floor most of the week.
December 1, 2006 |
When you cover politics in Latin America, you get used to odd happenings. Once, I was traveling with a campaign through rural Bolivia when a presidential candidate stopped his caravan to go to the bathroom -- on a tree by the side of the road. I've seen a president who lasted a day in office (in Argentina) and a president who owned a stolen car (in Paraguay), and met another who offered to disrobe to prove he hadn't been beaten during a failed coup.
November 29, 2006 |
President-elect Felipe Calderon appointed close friends and party allies to key Cabinet positions Tuesday, a sign that he is closing ranks in the face of street-level opposition to his narrowly won presidency. The appointees reflect the conservative social and fiscal views of Calderon and his National Action Party, or PAN, and contrast with his promise made during his bitter campaign against leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that he would appoint a multi-party Cabinet.
November 21, 2006 |
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the leftist who claims to have been cheated out of victory in July's presidential election, took an "oath of office" Monday as the "legitimate president" of Mexico in an elaborate ritual his many detractors here ridiculed as a farce. The ceremony in this capital city came less than two weeks before the inauguration of the man who officially won the election, conservative Felipe Calderon.
October 17, 2006 |
The defeat of the gubernatorial candidate handpicked by leftist politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to run in his home state of Tabasco has dealt a serious blow to Lopez Obrador's emerging opposition movement. After spending a month stumping for candidates, Lopez Obrador, who lost the recent Mexican presidential election by less than a percentage point, saw his Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, trounced in Sunday's election.
October 16, 2006 |
Mexico's main leftist party was expected to lose a governorship race seen as a key test of political survival for fiery presidential runner-up Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, exit polls showed. The gubernatorial election in Tabasco, Lopez Obrador's home state, was marred by shootings, street fights and arrests of supporters of both candidates.
October 15, 2006 |
If you ask Cesar Ascencio, there isn't much to cheer about in this sun-baked southern town. Jobs are scarce and even shade is hard to come by after trees in the central plaza were chopped down for a renovation that's stalled halfway to nowhere. "We live in one of the worst pueblos in Mexico," the 72-year-old retiree said. "This place is dead."
September 27, 2006
Re "Why hide Mexico's ballots?" Opinion, Sept. 22 The best way to respond to this article is by paraphrasing Benjamin Disraeli's famous phrase: "Lies, damn lies and blackmail." The lie is that Mexico today has two elected presidents. Felipe Calderon has been declared the winner by Mexico's independent and nonpartisan electoral institutions. The damned lies are that Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was proclaimed president by "millions of his followers." The "National Democratic Convention" was attended by no more than 100,000 people, and his decision to proclaim himself president has been denounced by his own party and by prominent Mexicans who supported him in his campaign.
September 20, 2006
Re "Independence, spoiled," editorial, Sept. 18 It is clear The Times would prefer that all Mexicans quietly accept the continuation of the same regime that has kept them in poverty. Indeed, intellectual Cuauhtemoc Cardenas won the election in 1988 but did not have the courage to do what the most recent presidential challenger, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is doing. Cardenas failed the Mexican people then, and he fails again by not supporting Lopez Obrador. Mexicans want progress, but not the kind of progress that will keep them poor.