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Shift of Power in Mexico

La Opinin, Posted: Jul 07, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- Sunday's elections in Mexico have shifted the balance of power from the ruling National Action Party (PAN) to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), according to an editorial in La Opinin. The triumph of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) gives it a majority in Congress and thereby a key role in passing legislation. This electoral outcome has weakened President Calderns government, suggesting difficulties for his administration for the balance of his term. The threat of paralyzing gridlock looms on Mexicos political horizon. This couldnt come at a worse time, editors write. Rising voter dissatisfaction is already apparent by the low turnout as well as a record number of "null" votes, ballots intentionally invalidated by the voters as an act of protest. Collaboration among the political parties is the only way to go if there is to be any significant progress. But only the most nave can believe that political parties would put the common good ahead of their agendas. Nonetheless, editors write, this strategy is an urgent necessity for the good of Mexico.

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