The Brave New World Of Mexican Politics

In a modest office in a middle-class Mexico City neighborhood sits Carlos Castillo Peraza, a soft-spoken man with big ambitions. Castillo heads the National Action Party (PAN), Mexico's most important opposition group. For most of its 56-year history, the party has offered little more than token opposition to the powerful Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which has ruled Mexico since 1929. But all that is changing: The PAN, which won 26% of the presidential vote last year, now controls four governorships, 174 municipalities, and 144 of the 628 seats in Congress and the Senate. Castillo aims to gain control of the legislature two years from now. His lofty goal for the year 2000: the Mexican presidency.

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