Just four years after Mexican voters ushered in multiparty democracy by wresting the presidency from the Institutional Revolutionary Party's 71-year-old hold, the PRI's hard-line "dinosaurs" may be staging a comeback, capitalizing on voter frustration with President Vicente Fox's lackluster administration. In Aug. 1 elections, the PRI won the Tijuana mayor's office after 15 years of control by Fox's National Action Party. And it held on to the governor's seat in Oaxaca by employing the party's legendary get-out-the-vote organizational skills. The victories boost the fortunes of party President Roberto Madrazo, an old-style pol likely to be PRI's candidate in the July, 2006, presidential vote.
Edited by Patricia Kranz