Sunday, September 20, 2009

Shift in Mexican Politics?

I came across this New York Times Article titled "Economic Decline Lifts the Prospect of A Vocal Populist". The populist they are referring to is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the mexican politician who was narrowly defeated by Felipe Calderón in the 2006 presidential election. The article suggests that due to the recent economic decline in Mexico, the people are beginning to lean more towards the left on political issues and support for Andrés Manuel López Obrador is gradually increasing. Mexico is, for the most part, a conservative nation, and I think that it is interesting that a political shift to the left is slowly occurring. I also think it is interesting that the economic decline is the catalyst for this change. I am very curious to see how Mexican politics will be in the next few years, and this article provides a good indication of what may be to come. You should all check it out.

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