January 14, 2001 |
The southern heartland of Mexico's once-mighty Institutional Revolutionary Party is abuzz with political rebellion reminiscent of the 1963 battle over states' rights in Alabama, where Gov. George Wallace defied federal orders to integrate the schools. Here in Yucatan state, the legislature--still controlled by the PRI, as the party is known--is refusing to obey a federal order to swear in a new state electoral council that in May will run an important gubernatorial election.
January 11, 2001 |
Mexico's Congress cleared the way Wednesday for a member of the country's former ruling party to take over as provisional governor in the oil-rich state of Tabasco. The federal Congress authorized a leave of absence for Enrique Priego of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, who last month was named interim governor of Tabasco, throwing the state into upheaval.
January 4, 2001 |
The languid southern Mexican state of Tabasco on Wednesday either had no governor at all or two of them--or maybe just one, depending on whom you asked. The oil-rich state on the Gulf of Mexico, long a loyal fiefdom of the party that dominated 20th century Mexico, lost its governor-elect Friday when the Federal Electoral Tribunal annulled the Oct. 15 election on grounds of irregularities favoring the state's ruling party. It was the first time a major Mexican election has been overturned.
January 3, 2001 |
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.
January 2, 2001 |
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.
January 1, 2001 |
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.
December 30, 2000 |
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.
December 9, 2000 |
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.
December 2, 2000 |
The television screens at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles showed images of a towering, somewhat self-deprecating man who spoke of a Mexico purged of blatant inequality, injustice and criminality. "He appears like a normal person," said Javier Castellanos, slightly taken aback at his own observation. "He seems very honest," added a clearly surprised Maria Camara. "After all this time," concluded Cecilio Mata, "we deserve a break."
December 1, 2000 |
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.