A Realistic Neighbor

Despite nine months on the campaign trail, Miguel de la Madrid remains shy and unaccustomed to public speaking. Throughout an interview with TIME Mexico City Bureau Chief James Willwerth and Reporter Laura López, the President-elect nervously moved his feet and twiddled his thumbs. Nonetheless De la Madrid's answers were confident and direct. Excerpts:

On the Election: Politically, it is an event without precedent in this country. Nine parties took part with seven candidates. The ideological spectrum is broad indeed. We have consulted with the people of Mexico in all sectors. We have dealt with...

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