Mexico Holds Elections In 14 States In Wake Of Violence

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Top Story — Mexicans went to the polls Sunday in 14 of the country’s 31 states to elect governors and mayors after a campaign season marred by threats and violence by drug cartels.

Sunday’s elections are being viewed as a referendum for President Felipe Calderón and his National Action Party’s (PAN) offensive on drug traffickers.

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which controlled Mexico for seven decades, is gaining ground in the popular vote, in large part due to Mexicans’ frustrations with Calderón’s drug war.

The PRI has used the assassination of one of its gubernatorial candidates in the Tamaulipas state, Rodolfo Torre Cantú, as a evidence that Calderón’s plans are failing.

On Saturday, the PRI’s gubernatorial headquarters in Sinaloa state were attacked by two homemade bombs. Sinaloa is one of Mexico’s states that has seen a rise in drug-related violence in the past three years.

While Mexicans are nervous about violence that could accompany the elections, many seem ready to go to the polls.

“We’re a bit nervous, but we have to go out to vote because it’s our only weapon for the future,” said Pedro Esparza, a factory worker in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, according to AFP.

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2 comments

  1. And the a $ $hat president of this out-of-control country comes to our congress and slaps Americans around for AZs commitment to uphold immigration laws because they are tired of the murder & mayhem! Here’s a clue for you Calderon:
    CLEAN YOUR OWN country up and we’ll seal the border to keep it from coming to the USA – provided that our a $ $hat president decides to get a clue himself. We pledge to help clear up the problem in November.

  2. Calderon’s efforts to obliterate drug trafficking in Mexico might be failing for two possible reasons: One, PRI governors are not helping, they say that is a federal issue even when local and state police work for the cartels and two, the USA continues the pouring of weapons into Mexico.
    As for the illegal inmigration, I do agree we have to do something to avoid mexicans going over the border, illegaly. Build a fence, patrol our borders, create new jobs, whatever. This instead of crying the US is creating laws to battle illegal inmigration or is building a fence to do the same thing. Unffortunately, our mexican politicians take care of their own party’s agenda instead of the one would help our country to find its own path to a real development.

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