September 23, 2010 |
For days, Mexican police ringed Congress in an odd cat-and-mouse game, trying to catch Julio Cesar Godoy before he could get inside to take office as a federal deputy. The mouse won. On Thursday, Godoy popped up inside Congress and was quickly sworn in by the president of the Chamber of Deputies, thus gaining immunity from prosecution on 2009 drug-trafficking charges. Godoy, a member of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, from the western state of Michoacan, was elected to Congress in July 2009.
July 3, 2009 |
Mexicans vote Sunday, but the biggest story may be how many don't bother. At stake are all 500 seats in the lower house of Congress, six governorships and scores of local posts. But apathy and disgust with politics are rampant. Many voters plan to deface their ballots in protest. Every campaign, however, offers moments that are memorable, incongruous, weird. Here are a few tidbits from Mexico, the 2009 edition. The name says green, but the stance is pure red meat.
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.
June 18, 2006 |
When an estimated 40 million Mexican voters go to the polls next month to pick their next president, the result could affect the lives of 296 million people north of the border. A victory by leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on July 2 would add an emphatic exclamation point to a series of Latin American elections that has seen voters roundly reject the "Washington consensus," the model that emphasizes fiscal discipline and pro-market policies.
February 7, 2005 |
Mexico's main leftist party appeared to be winning two gubernatorial races Sunday, wresting the southern state of Guerrero away from its longtime rulers and keeping control of Baja California Sur in a boost for the party's prospects in next year's presidential election.
August 2, 2004 |
The Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico for most of the 20th century, was battling to retake Tijuana and cling to the governorship of Oaxaca as voters cast ballots Sunday in state and local elections that could shape the 2006 presidential race. After an evening of counting, both contests looked too close to call and were generating disputes over alleged irregularities that could take days to resolve.