Mexico: Cleaning Up

A victory for pluralism

Mexicans like to think of their political system as a democracy, but to any one else it looks like a remarkably durable one-party government. For 54 years, the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has won every important election, when necessary manipulating the results to assure its victory. Last week a salutory triumph for pluralism unexpectedly broke that pattern. When the votes for elections held in five states were tallied, the National Action Party (PAN) had won nine municipal seats and five legislative seats in the northern states of Durango and Chihuahua. It was the best performance by...

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