Mexico: Will the New Broom Sweep Clean?

De la Madrid inherits a national crisis with the presidency

All the trappings of electoral democracy were there. For 218 days, the presidential candidate had barnstormed the Mexican countryside. He had listened to complaints and appealed for support in the most remote and neglected hamlets. Preceded by hordes of journalists and skilled advancemen, he had toured a total of 55,800 miles in 31 states by jet, helicopter, rail, bus and ship. The candidate had even stumped for 79 miles on foot. He had attended 1,287 meetings, forums, assemblies and receptions. He had eaten...

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