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Mexico’s hot political summer

Protesters denouce alleged electoral fraud July 7 in Tabacalera, Mexico City. (Photo courtesy Ismael Villafranco via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License details below.)

Demonstrators gather July 7 in Tabacalera, Mexico City. (Photo courtesy Ismael Villafranco via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License details below.)

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

A little more than a week after Mexicans went to the polls, conflict and controversy swirl around the July 1 elections. Almost everywhere-in the halls of Congress, on the Sunday talk shows, in bars and cafes and on the streets-the results are the hot topic of conversation. And claiming fraud, a growing citizen’s movement is crossing borders and transforming the elections into an international issue.

The so-called Mexican Spring has now transitioned into the Hot Summer of 2012.

“We’re protesting how the new president of Mexico has been imposed upon us,” said a woman who would identify herself only as Michele at a weekend protest in the international resort city of Puerto Vallarta. “They are buying votes and not respecting the votes of the people.”

Ghosts linger in the 2012 Mexican elections

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

Making a surprise appearance in a television time slot that was previously billed as an official first look at the day’s election results, Mexican presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party 8 (PRI) strode before the television cameras late in the evening of July 1 to give a victory speech even as the ballots were still being counted.

Mixed mood in Mexico as July 1 vote looms

Supporter of PRD candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador displays campaign materials on June 23 in Calle Madero, Mexico City. Mexico will elect a new president and various other officials on July 1. (Photo courtesy Randal Sheppard via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License details below.)

PRI poised for return to Los Pinos

Virtually uncovered in the US press and given secondary treatment in the Mexican national media, the local and state elections will have important consequences for the distribution of power during the next several years, especially considering the enhanced autonomy of municipal and state governments in relation to federal authority.

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

As Mexico’s political campaigns wind down in preparation for the big election day on July 1, mixed moods of doubt, anger, tension, confusion, excitement, exhaustion, resignation and hope grip the body politic.

In Mexico’s elections, the dead will be ‘spun’

 At least 45,000 people have died in Mexico’s “drug war.” Activists recently protested President Calderon’s security policies by covering Mexico City’s Zocalo square with the outlines of human bodies. (Photo by Manuel Rueda courtesy New America Media)

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Esteban Illades

Univision News via New America Media

The estimated 50,000 dead in the Mexican War on Drugs will become victims once again. This time they’ll fall to political spin in the upcoming presidential campaigns.

FNS: Preparing Mexico’s 2012 elections

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

As Mexico’s political season rapidly unfolds, attention is focused on the candidates and their political parties. But beneath the glare of the media spotlight, the nuts-and-bolts work of organizing the July 1 elections is quietly taking place without much fanfare. Unlike the United States where each state is in charge of carrying out  national elections on the ground, the federal contest in Mexico is organized and conducted by a national institution, the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE).

Mexicans abroad prepare for 2012 vote

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The clock is ticking as the registration deadline fast approaches for Mexican expatriates to vote in their home country’s presidential election this year. Although Mexican election officials are confident a late rush of applications will mean greater absentee participation than in the 2006 election, preliminary reports of the number of  applications received indicate few expatriates will vote in the 2012 race.

Indigenous Mexican communities boycott elections

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Two indigenous communities in the violence-torn Mexican state of Michoacan will not participate in the state elections set for Nov. 13. Representatives of the Nahua community of Osutla and the Purepecha community of Cheran reiterated this week their intentions of boycotting the vote.

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