Mexican Politics As Usual

Mexico's often promised move toward more democratic elections has again taken a detour. Just 10 days after the U.S. Congress approved the North American Free Trade Agreement, state elections in the Yucat n were marred by mysterious blackouts at polling places, vote-count discrepancies, and other irregularities. Opposition leaders asked for the results to be thrown out, but their request was turned down. The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) handily won the governorship and most other elected offices. Mexico's increasingly vocal political opposition says the Yucat n elections cast doubt on the Salinas Administration's pledge to hold open, fair presidential elections in August, 1994.

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