Mexico: Mean Machine: The government wins again

The government wins again

As Mexico's midterm elections approached, observers began to wonder whether the domineering Institutional Revolutionary Party (P.R.I.) might be successfully challenged for the first time in its 56-year history. Voters fed up with a stagnant economy and continuing official corruption might, some thought, help the opposition National Action Party (P.A.N.) knock the P.R.I. out of the governorships in two northern states, Sonora and Nuevo León. But the P.R.I. did not even wait for the polls to close last week before claiming a sweep of every office worth winning. The victory was tainted by widespread charges of stuffed ballot boxes and intimidated voters....

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