Latin America: Week in Review, Mexico

Mexico: PRI and PAN Fight For Governorship Of Michoacán

November 14, 2011 By Mari Hayman

Today in Latin America

Top Story — Elections ended Sunday in Mexico’s Western state of Michoacán with the country’s top two parties both claiming victory in the governor’s race. President Felipe Calderón’s sister Luisa Calderón heads the National Action Party (PAN, in Spanish) ticket and faces Fausto Vallejo of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI, in Spanish). Luisa Calderón backs her brother’s offensive on Mexico’s drug cartels, which he began in the family’s homestate of Michoacán in 2006. The ensuing violence has hit the state hard and marred Sunday’s elections. Dozens of candidates abandoned their races in Michoacán’s state elections because of threats from drug traffickers. Analysts view the election as an indicator of the PAN’s ability to hold the presidency in next year’s election.

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