Salinas Needs A Landslide And An Honest One

They may be the first elections a Mexican president ever really had to worry about. On July 7 and Aug. 18, Carlos Salinas de Gortari and his long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) need to win sweeping majorities in countrywide voting for Mexico's Chamber of Deputies, half of its Senate, and seven governorships. At stake are key elements of the proposed free-trade pact with the U. S., such as constitutional reforms on land ownership, that will need a two-thirds majority in Mexico's congress. And to ensure the choice of a like-minded successor when his term ends in 1994, Salinas needs to show PRI's machine pols that his free-trade strategy gets votes.

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