Mexico: Will Colosio Be A Kinder, Gentler Salinas?

It's a political drama Mexicans watch with a mixture of fascination and dismay every six years. A half-dozen Cabinet ministers spend a year under intense public scrutiny, as each feigns nonchalance at the chance that el Se or Presidente might pick him to run as the ruling party's presidential candidate. When the ritual destape, or unveiling, of the President's choice occurs, the chosen one is elevated to demigod status. The awesome machinery of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) roars to life and propels the candidate toward an almost certain victory in elections that have been mostly a formality over the past 64 years.

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