MEXICO: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

DUBBED THE NAFTA GENERATION, THEY TURNED AN ELECTION-- AND MAY TRANSFORM A COUNTRY

Joaquin Bermeo brought a decisively hip style of voting to last week's remarkable election in Mexico. As a dour procession of villagers strode to the polls in San Andres Calpan, southeast of Mexico City, Bermeo, 21, rode up on a neon-colored bicycle. Wearing a fringed vest and oversize rainbow-colored sunglasses, he swaggered into a booth to mark the first ballot of his life--and step into the vanguard of a democratic revolution. No way, he said, would he vote for the authoritarian Institutional Revolutionary Party (P.R.I.), which has ruled Mexico virtually unchallenged since 1929. "Every week I have to go to Mexico...

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