February 26, 2001 |
Seven years after he and his ragtag band of Maya Indians seized this placid colonial city in an armed rebellion that stunned the world, Subcommander Marcos was back, armed this time not with a gun but with a speech. In that moment this weekend, the Zapatista rebels' struggle for indigenous rights shifted from a military theater where the guerrillas had no prospect of victory to a political stage--one where they may well be capable of challenging the new national government as agents for change.
February 2, 2001 |
The political jockeying these days to restart peace negotiations in the southern state of Chiapas sometimes descends to absurd levels. To wit: Will rebel leader Subcommander Marcos take off his ski mask when he emerges from the jungle and testifies before Congress here next month? And if he doesn't, will legislators walk out on him? Yet behind such maneuvering lie divisive issues that could derail one of the key initiatives of Mexican President Vicente Fox's 2-month-old administration.
January 18, 2001 |
The Mexican army abandoned another jungle base in the southern state of Chiapas, as the government moved closer to meeting the demands of leftist Zapatista rebels. President Vicente Fox has now shuttered four of the seven Chiapas bases whose closure the rebels have demanded. The rebels accuse the army of abusing Indians and supporting paramilitary gangs. They also demand passage of an Indian rights law and the release of about 100 imprisoned rebels as a condition for restarting peace talks.
January 16, 2001 |
Hundreds of followers of Yucatan state's ruling party prevented a federally appointed electoral council from taking office Monday, setting up a potentially explosive confrontation between a state and the federal government.
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.