Commentary: Why Mexicans Won't Toss Out The Ruling PartyGeri Smith
To outsiders, it may seem like a baffling victory. On Nov. 7, Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the world's longest-ruling party, held its first-ever primary election to choose its presidential candidate. The winner was former Interior Minister Francisco Labastida Ochoa, who captured 273 out of 300 voting districts. Labastida, widely seen as the Establishment candidate, creamed Roberto Madrazo Pintado, a firebrand politician who had pledged to completely revamp the party. Now, with the PRI's opposition divided, Labastida is the odds-on favorite to win the presidential election next year.
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