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January 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Legislators in Mexico's Tabasco state found themselves with two interim governors--and no agreement about which one should stay. Opposition lawmakers appointed a second interim governor after rejecting the candidate appointed Sunday by the outgoing legislature dominated by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. The PRI candidate, interim Gov. Enrique Priego, was also sworn in Sunday.
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NEWS
January 2, 2001 | From Associated Press
The first session of Tabasco's new state legislature exploded into fistfights Monday as lawmakers fought over an interim governor named after October's gubernatorial election was annulled. Chairs and windows were broken during the brawl in which opposition legislators from the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, angrily rejected the candidate chosen Sunday by the outgoing legislature, dominated by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.
NEWS
January 1, 2001 | From Associated Press
In one of its final acts, the outgoing congress in Tabasco state named a former ruling party legislator as acting governor Sunday, two days after a top court stripped the party of its recently won governorship. The naming of Enrique Priego, 53, came amid protests from opposition parties, which won a major victory Friday when Mexico's top electoral court annulled the results of the gulf coast state's October elections, backing opposition claims that the balloting was marred with errors.
NEWS
December 30, 2000 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court ruled Friday that unfair practices had fatally marred a critical election and ordered that a new ballot be held. No, this wasn't about Florida's presidential count. It was the Oct. 15 governor's race in the southern Mexican state of Tabasco. The long-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, had claimed victory in the hard-fought election, which would have helped the party recover from its defeat in the July 2 presidential race.
NEWS
December 9, 2000 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The newly inaugurated governor of Chiapas set in motion Friday the release of Zapatista prisoners, addressing the third and final rebel condition for resuming peace talks to resolve a 7-year-old uprising in the southern state.
NEWS
December 1, 2000 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Ernesto Zedillo leaves office today at the height of his popularity--esteemed by the public, praised by the opposition and hailed internationally as a democratic reformer who deserves a place in history. Members of his own party, however, wish him a different fate. "Death to Zedillo!" members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, cried when the president's name was mentioned at a recent party ceremony. Zedillo, 48, may be remembered as the president who won by losing.
NEWS
November 28, 2000 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new Mexican revolution is brewing. When President-elect Vicente Fox is sworn in Friday, the 71-year reign of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, will come to a close--and so will a system that defined Mexico for most of the 20th century. What could change in Mexico's new era? Unions. Media. Congress. Governors. Peasant groups. The church. Once tightly controlled by a near-imperial president, they suddenly face new rules and freedoms.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2000 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President-elect Vicente Fox got off to a good start Wednesday in pleasing the international financial community, as the former Coca-Cola executive announced his first batch of Cabinet appointments. Fox, who takes office Dec. 1, followed the lead of lame-duck President Ernesto Zedillo in putting economic management in the hands of U.S.-trained experts committed to fiscal conservatism. The star of the new team is Francisco Gil Diaz, 57, the finance minister.
NEWS
November 21, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Jalisco state declared the candidate of President-elect Vicente Fox's National Action Party, or PAN, a narrow winner in the governor's race, prompting a protest by Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. According to final results, PAN candidate Francisco Ramirez beat the PRI's Jorge Arana by 53,641 votes out of 2.1 million cast. Legal challenges, based on allegations that some ballots were lost or miscounted, will go to the courts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2000 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL and JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
America finally welcomed a president-elect Thursday night--one who sports a mustache and wears size 12 cowboy boots. Vicente Fox, elected president of Mexico on July 2, flew in to address a Los Angeles banquet of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and to meet with Gov. Gray Davis.
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