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Institutional Revolutionary Party

Institutional Revolutionary Party
Partido Revolucionario Institucional
President César Camacho Quiroz
General Secretary Ivonne Ortega Pacheco
Founded by Plutarco Elías Calles March 4, 1929 (1929-03-04) as (PNR)
by Lázaro Cárdenas March 30, 1938 (1938-03-30) as (PRM)
by Manuel Ávila Camacho January 18, 1946 (1946-01-18) as (PRI)
Preceded by National Revolutionary Party (1929-1938)
Party of the Mexican Revolution (1938-1946)
Headquarters 59 Avenida Insurgentes Av. Insurgentes N. col. Buenavista delegación Cuauhtémoc México City, Federal District, Mexico, 06359
Newspaper La República
Youth wing Red Jóvenes x México



Political position



National affiliation Alliance for Mexico
International affiliation Socialist International
Continental affiliation COPPPAL
Colours              Green, white, red
Seats in the Chamber of Deputies
202 / 500
Seats in the Senate
52 / 128
20 / 32
Politics of Mexico
Political parties

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (Spanish: Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI) is a Mexican political party that held power in the country for 71 years, first as the National Revolutionary Party, then as the Party of the Mexican Revolution.

The PRI is a centrist party, though it is a member of the Socialist International. However, the PRI is not considered a social democratic party in the traditional sense; its modern policies of neo-liberalism and privatization have been characterized as centrist or even as Centre-right. Its membership in the Socialist International dates from the Mexican Revolution (1910) and the founding of the party by Plutarco Elías Calles (1929), when the party had a clearer social-democratic orientation. Along with its rival, the left-wing PRD (Party of the Democratic Revolution), they make Mexico one of the few nations with two major, competing parties part of the same international grouping. The PRI is the largest political party in Mexico according to membership.

The adherents of the PRI party are known in Mexico as priístas and the party is nicknamed el tricolor because of its use of the colors green, white and red.

In 1990, Peruvian Nobel Prize laureate for literature, Mario Vargas Llosa, called the Mexican government under the PRI as la dictadura perfecta ("the perfect dictatorship").[8]


  • Profile 1
  • History 2
  • Reorganization and Name change 3
  • "Mexican Miracle" 4
  • Tlatelolco Massacre 5
  • Economic crisis 6
  • Left-wing splits from the PRI 7
  • Assassination of PRI candidate Colosio and the loss of majority in Congress 8
  • Loss of the presidency of Mexico 9
  • As an opposition party 10
  • Return of the PRI 11
  • Electoral history 12
    • Presidential elections 12.1
    • Congressional elections 12.2
      • Chamber of Deputies 12.2.1
      • Senate elections 12.2.2
  • See also 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15


The Institutional Revolutionary Party is described by some scholars as a "Enrique Peña Nieto, is a member of the PRI.


Emblem of the National Revolutionary Party (1929-1938)
Emblem of the Party of the Mexican Revolution (1938-1946)

Even though the armed phase of the Mexican Revolution had ended in 1920, Mexico had continued to encounter political unrest. A grave political crisis caused by the 1928 assassination of president-elect Álvaro Obregón led to the founding in 1929 of the "National Revolutionary Party" (Spanish: Partido Nacional Revolucionario, PNR) by Plutarco Elías Calles, Mexico's president from 1924 to 1928.

Plutarco Elías Calles, president of Mexico (1924-28) and founder of the PNR in 1929.

The intent was to institutionalize the agreements result of Mexican Revolution. In the first years of the party's existence, the PNR was, above all, the only political machine existing. As 'President' of the government, the executive President continued to hold executive power as in an era known as the Maximato. The following presidents of this period, Emilio Portes Gil, Pascual Ortiz Rubio and Abelardo L. Rodríguez were from the same ideology as Plutarco Elías Calles.

Lázaro Cárdenas, president of Mexico 1934-40, candidate of the PNR and founder of the PRM.

This ended with the election of Lázaro Cárdenas, a candidate handpicked by the liberal PNR leaders.[11] Though the now strongly conservative Calles thought he could control him,[11] it quickly became clear Cárdenas would not accept a subordinate role like his predecessors did.[11] After establishing himself in the presidency, in 1936 Cárdenas had Calles and dozens of his corrupt associates arrested or deported to the United States. Cárdenas became perhaps Mexico's most-popular 20th-century president and most renowned for expropriating the oil interests of the United States and European petroleum companies in the run-up to World War II. He was a person of leftist ideas who nationalized different industries and provided many social institutions which are dear to the Mexican people and had the party renamed the "Party of the Mexican Revolution" (PRM).

Cárdenas's successor Manuel Ávila Camacho gave the party its present name in 1946.[12]

Manuel Avila Camacho, president of Mexico 1940-46, candidate of the PRM; the PRI founded at the end of his presidency.

From 1929 to 1982, the PRI won every presidential election by well over 70 percent of the vote—margins that were usually obtained by massive electoral fraud. Toward the end of his term, the incumbent president in consultation with party leaders, selected the PRI's candidate in the next election in a procedure known as "the tap of the finger" (Spanish: el dedazo). In essence, given the PRI's overwhelming dominance, the president chose his successor. The PRI's dominance was near-absolute at all other levels as well. It held an overwhelming majority in the Chamber of Deputies, as well as every seat in the Senate and every state governorship.

After several decades in power the PRI had become a symbol of corruption and electoral fraud.[13] Consequently, its New Alliance (Roberto Campa) were once members of the PRI, including many presidential candidates from the opposition (Clouthier, López Obrador, Cárdenas, González Torres, Campa and Porfirio Muñoz Ledo, among many others).

The PRI was criticized for using the colors of the national flag in its logo, something considered not unreasonable in many countries, but frowned upon in Mexico, while there is no law that forbids this act. Critics claim electoral fraud, with voter suppression and violence, was used when the political machine did not work and elections were just a ritual to simulate the appearance of a democracy. However, the three major parties now make the same claim against each other (PRD against Vicente Fox's PAN and PAN vs. López Obrador's PRD, and the PRI against the PAN at the local level and local elections such as the Yucatán state election, 2007). Two other PRI presidents Miguel de la Madrid and Carlos Salinas de Gortari privatized many outmoded industries, including banks and businesses, entered the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and also negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Greater economic stability since the last major economic crisis in Mexico (the 1995 peso crisis) was achieved in great part through economic reforms begun under Ernesto Zedillo, who was the last successive PRI-nominated president to serve since the Mexican Revolution, and whose tenure commenced just as the peso crisis was coming to a head. Subsequent administrations maintained stability with continued assistance from PRI members such as Secretary of Finance Francisco Gil Diaz and Bank of Mexico Governor Guillermo Ortiz.

Reorganization and Name change

Three Names       One Party
4 March 1929
Plutarco Elías Calles
Founded as:
Partido Nacional

(National Revolutionary
Party – PNR)
30 March 1938
Lázaro Cárdenas
PNR dissolved. New name:
Partido de la
Revolución Mexicana

(Party of the Mexican
Revolution – PRM)
18 January 1946
Manuel Ávila Camacho
PRM dissolved. New name:
Partido Revolucionario

(Institutional Revolutionary
Party – PRI)

The party was the result of balanced ticket approach of 1930s Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, characteristic of Chicago by balancing ethnic interests. Settling disputes and power struggles within the party structure helped prevent congressional gridlock and possible armed rebellions, but this style of dispute resolution also created a "rubber stamp" legislative apparatus.

The party, under its three different names, held every political position until 1946 when the PAN started winning posts for municipal president and federal deputies and senators, starting in 1946, after the party changed its name to its current name, the Institutional Revolutionary Party. By then, the party had acquired a reputation for corruption, and while this was admitted (to a degree) by some of its affiliates, its supporters maintained that the role of the party was crucial in the modernization and stabilization of Mexico.

"Mexican Miracle"

The first four decades of government of the PRI are dubbed the "Mexican Miracle", a period of economic growth through substitution of imports and low inflation. Much of the growth was spurred by successful national development plans which, following the steps of the Soviet Union, provided for major investment on infrastructure. From 1940 to 1970 GDP increased sixfold and the population only doubled[16] while the peso-dollar parity was maintained.

Tlatelolco Massacre

The improvement of the economy had a disparate impact in different social sectors and discontent started growing within the low classes. In 1968 Mexico City became the first city in the Spanish-speaking world to be chosen to host an Olympic Games. Using the international focus on the country, students at the National Mexican Autonomous University (UNAM) protested the lack of democracy and social justice. President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz (1964–1970) ordered the army to occupy the university to suppress the revolt and minimize the disruption of the Olympic Games. On October 2, 1968 student groups demanding the withdrawal of the IPN protested at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas. Unaccustomed to this type of protest, the Mexican Government made an unusual move by asking the United States for assistance, through LITEMPO, a spy-program to inform the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the US to obtain information from Mexico. The CIA responded by sending military radios, weapons and ammunition.[17] The LITEMPO had previously provided the Díaz Ordaz government with 1,000 rounds of .223 Remington ammunition in 1963.[18] During the protests shots were fired and a number of students died (officially 39, although hundreds are claimed) and hundreds were arrested. The President of the Olympic Committee then declared that the protests were against the government and not the Olympics so the games proceeded.[19]

Economic crisis

The government of Luis Echeverría (1970–76), secretary of interior during the Díaz Ordaz administration, increased social spending, through external debt, at a time when oil production and prices were surging. However, the growth of the economy came accompanied by inflation and then by a plummeting of oil prices and increases in interest rates. Investment started fleeing the country and the peso became overvalued, to prevent a devaluation and further fleeing of investments, the Bank of Mexico borrowed 360 million dollars from the Federal Reserve with the promise of stabilizing the economy. External debt reached the level of $25 billion.[20] Unable to contain the fleeing of dollars, Echeverría allowed the peso to float for the first time on August 31, 1976, then again later and the peso lost half of its value.[20] Echeverría designated José López Portillo, his secretary of Finance, as his successor for the term 1976-82, hoping that the new administration would have a tighter control on inflation and to preserve political unity.[20]

During his campaign, López Portillo promised to defend the peso "like a dog",[21] López Portillo refused to devalue the currency[20] saying "The president who devalues, devalues himself."[21] The discovery of significant oil sites in Tabasco and Campeche helped the economy to recover and López Portillo promised to "administer the abundance". The development of the promising oil industry was financed through external debt which reached 59 billion dollars[21] (compared to 25 billion[20] during Echeverría). Oil production increased from 94,000 barrels per day (14,900 m3/d) at the beginning of his administration to 1,500,000 barrels per day (240,000 m3/d) at the end of his administration and Mexico became the fourth largest oil producer in the world.[21] The price for a barrel of oil also increased from three dollars in 1970 to 35 dollars in 1981.[21]

The government attempted to develop heavy industry. However, waste became the rule as centralized resource allocation and distribution systems were accompanied by inefficiently located factories incurring high transport costs.

Mexico increased its international presence during López Portillo: in addition to becoming the world's fourth oil exporter, Mexico restarted relations with the post [22]

López Portillo also freed political prisoners and proposed a reform called Ley Federal de Organizaciones Políticas y Procesos Electorales which gave official registry to opposition groups such as the Mexican Democratic Party and the Mexican Communist Party. This law also created positions in the lower chamber of congress for opposition parties through proportionality of votes, relative majority, uninominal and plurinominal. As a result, in 1979, the first independent (non-PRI) communist deputies were elected to the Congress of Mexico.[21]

Social programs were also created through the Alliance for Production, Global Development Plan, el COPLAMAR, Mexican Nourishing System, to attain independence on food, to reform public administration. López Portillo also created the secretaries of Programming and Budgeting, Agriculture and Water Resources, Industrial Support, Fisheries and Human Settlements and Public Works. Mexico then obtained high economic growth, a recuperation of salaries and an increase in spending on education and infrastructure. This way, social and regional inequalities started to diminish.[21]

All this prosperity ended when the over-supply of oil in early 1982 caused oil prices to plummet and damaged severely the national economy. Interest rates skyrocketed in 1981 and external debt reached 86 billion dollars and exchange rates went from 26 to 70 pesos per dollar and inflation of 100%. This situation became so desperate that Lopez-Portillo ordered the suspension on payments of external debt and the nationalization of the banking industry in 1982 consistent with the Socialist goals of the PRI. Capital fled Mexico at a rate never seen before in history. The Mexican government provided subsidies to staple food products and rail travel; this diminished the consequences of the crises on the populace. Job growth stagnated and millions of people migrate North to escape the economic stagnation. López Portillo's reputation plummeted and his character became the butt of jokes from the press.[21]

The attempted industrialization had not been responsive to consumer needs. Therefore, unprecedented urbanization and overcrowding followed and so, substandard pre-fabricated apartment blocs had to be built in large cities.

Miguel de la Madrid was the first of a series of economists to rule the country, a technocrat who started to implement neoliberal reforms, causing the number of state-owned industries to decline from 1155 to a mere 412. After the 1982 default, crisis lenders were unwilling to loan Mexico and this resulted in currency devaluations to finance spending. An earthquake in September 1985, in which his administration was criticised for its slow and clumsy reaction, added more woe to the problems. As a result of the crisis, black markets supplied by goods stolen from the public sector appeared. Galloping inflation continued to plague the country, hitting a record high in 1987 at 159.2%.

Left-wing splits from the PRI

Cárdenas in 2002; split from the PRI, running unsuccessfully for president in 1988 and 1994

In 1986, Manuel Clouthier of the National Action Party (Mexico) also claimed to have won, although not as vocally.

In 2004, Miguel de la Madrid, Mexico's president at the time of the 1988 election, admitted to the New York Times that, on the evening of the election, he received news that Cárdenas was going to win by a majority, and that he and others rigged the election as a result.[24]

Clouthier, Cárdenas and Rosario Ibarra de Piedra then complained before the building of the Secretary of the Interior.[25] Clouthier and his followers then set up other protests, among them one at the Chamber of Deputies, demanding that the electoral packages be opened. In 1989, Clouthier presented an alternative cabinet (a British style Shadow Cabinet) with Diego Fernández de Cevallos, Jesús González Schmal, Fernando Canales Clariond, Francisco Villarreal Torres, Rogelio Sada Zambrano, María Elena Álvarez Bernal, Moisés Canales, Vicente Fox, Carlos Castillo Peraza and Luis Felipe Bravo Mena as cabinet members and Clouthier as cabinet coordinator. The purpose of this cabinet was to vigilate the actions of the government. Clouthier died next October in an accident with Javier Calvo, a federal deputy. The accident has been claimed by the PAN as a state assassination since then.[14] That same year, the PRI lost its first state government with the election of Ernesto Ruffo Appel as governor of Baja California.

Assassination of PRI candidate Colosio and the loss of majority in Congress

In 1990 Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa called the government under the PRI as la dictadura perfecta ("the perfect dictatorship").[8] In 1994, for the first time since the revolution, a presidential candidate was murdered, Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta. His campaign director, Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon, was subsequently elected in the first presidential election monitored by international observers. The 1994 economic crisis in Mexico caused the PRI to lose its absolute majority in both chambers of the federal congress for the first time in 1997.

Loss of the presidency of Mexico

Prior to the 2000 general elections, the PRI held its first primaries to elect the party's presidential candidate. The primary candidates, nicknamed "los cuatro fantásticos" (Spanish for The Fantastic Four), were:[26]

The favorites in the primaries were Labastida and Madrazo, and the latter initiated a campaign against the first, perceived as Zedillo's candidate since many former secretaries of the interior were chosen as candidates by the president. His campaign, produced by prominent publicist Carlos Alazraki, had the motto "Dale un Madrazo al dedazo" or "Give a Madrazo to the dedazo" with "madrazo" being an offensive slang term for a "strike" and "dedazo" a slang used to describe the unilaterally choosing of candidates by the president (literally "finger-strike"). In the presidential elections of July 2, 2000, its candidate Francisco Labastida Ochoa was defeated by Vicente Fox, after getting only 36.1% of the popular vote. It was to be the first Presidential electoral defeat of the PRI. In the senatorial elections of the same date, the party won with 38.1%, or 33 out of 128 seats in the Senate of Mexico.

As an opposition party

  States governed by the PRI

After much restructuring, the party was able to make a recovery, winning the greatest number of seats (5% short of a true majority) in Congress in 2003: at these municipal presidency respectively. The PAN had held control of the president's office of the municipality of Tijuana for 15 years. Six out of eight gubernatorial elections held during 2005 were won by the PRI: Quintana Roo, Hidalgo, Colima, Estado de México, Nayarit, and Coahuila. The PRI then controlled the states on the country's northern border with the US except for Baja California.

Later that year Roberto Madrazo, president of the PRI, left his post to seek a nomination as the party's candidate in the 2006 presidential election. According to the statutes, the presidency of the party would then go to Elba Esther Gordillo as party secretary. The rivalry between Madrazo and Gordillo caused Mariano Palacios Alcocer instead to become president of the party. After what was perceived an imposition of Madrazo as candidate a group was formed called Unidad Democrática (Spanish: "Democratic Unity"), although nicknamed Todos Unidos Contra Madrazo (Spanish: "Everybody United Against Madrazo" or "TUCOM")[27] which was formed by governors and former state governors:

Montiel won the right to run against Madrazo for the candidacy but withdrew when it was made public that he and his French wife had multi-million properties in Europe.[28] Madrazo and Everardo Moreno contended in the primaries which was won by the first.[29] Madrazo then represented the PRI and the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico (PVEM) in the Alliance for Mexico coalition.

During his campaign Madrazo declared that the PRI and PRD were "first cousins", to this Emilio Chuayffet Chemor responded that if that was the case then Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), candidate of the PRD would also be a first cousin and he might win the election.[30]

AMLO was, by then, the favorite in the polls, with many followers within the PRI. Madrazo, second at the polls, then released TV spots against AMLO with little success, his campaign was managed again by Alazraki. Felipe Calderón ran a more successful campaign and then tied with Madrazo and later surpassed him as the second favorite. Gordillo, also the teachers' union leader, resentful against Madrazo, helped a group of teachers constitute the New Alliance Party. Divisions within the party and a successful campaign of the PAN candidate caused Madrazo to fall to third place. The winner, as announced by the Federal Electoral Institute and valuated by the Mexican Election Tribunal amidst a controversy, was Felipe Calderón of the ruling PAN. On November 20 of the same year, a group of young PRI politicians launched a movement that is set to reform and revolutionize the party.[31] The PRI candidate failed to win a single state in the 2006 presidential election.

In the 2006 legislative elections the party won 106 out of 500 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and 35 out of 128 Senators.

In 2007 the PRI re-gained the governorship of Yucatán and was the party with the most mayorships and state congresspeople in the elections in Yucatán (tying with the PAN in the number of deputies), Chihuahua, Durango, Aguascalientes, Veracruz, Chiapas and Oaxaca. The PRI obtained the most mayorships in Zacatecas and the second most deputies in the congressional elections of Zacatecas and Baja California.[32]

In 2009, the PRI re-gained plurality control of Mexican congress. This is the first time congress will be controlled by the PRI since the first initial victory by the opposing party PAN in the year 2000.[33]

Return of the PRI


External links

  1. ^, Mexico. Historia del PRI: Los priístas entendemos por Nacionalismo Democrático el cuerpo ideológico que conjuga la libertad, la igualdad, la democracia y la defensa de la soberanía. Un nuevo nacionalismo incluyente, moderno, firme en la defensa de los intereses populares y nacionales.”.
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See also

Election year Constituency PR # of seats Position Presidency Note
votes % votes %
1994 17,195,536 50.2
95 / 128
Majority Ernesto Zedillo
1997 11,266,155 38.5
77 / 128
Majority Ernesto Zedillo
2000 13,699,799 36.7 13,755,787 36.7
51 / 128
Minority Vicente Fox
2006 11,622,012 28.1 11,681,395 28.0
39 / 128
Minority Felipe Calderón Coalition: Alliance for Mexico
2012 18,477,441 37.0 18,560,755 36.9
61 / 128
Minority Enrique Peña Nieto Coalition: Committed to Mexico

Senate elections

Election year Constituency PR # of seats Position Presidency Note
votes % votes %
1988 9,276,934 51.0 9,276,934 51.0
260 / 500
Majority Carlos Salinas de Gortari
1991 14,051,349 61.4 14,145,234 61.4
320 / 500
Majority Carlos Salinas de Gortari
1994 16,851,082 50.2 17,236,836 50.3
300 / 500
Majority Ernesto Zedillo
1997 11,305,957 39.1 11,438,719 39.1
239 / 500
Minority Ernesto Zedillo
2000 13,720,453 36.9 13,800,306 36.9
207 / 500
Minority Vicente Fox
2003 6,166,358 23.9 6,196,171 24.0
224 / 500
Minority Vicente Fox
2006 11,629,727 28.0 11,689,110 27.9
121 / 500
Minority Felipe Calderón Coalition: Alliance for Mexico
2009 12,765,938 36.9 12,809,365 36.9
241 / 500
Minority Felipe Calderón
2012 5,166,531 11.2 15,513,478 31.8
212 / 500
Minority Enrique Peña Nieto Coalition: Committed to Mexico

Chamber of Deputies

Congressional elections

Election year Candidate Pascual Ortiz Rubio 1,947,848 93.6 Green tickY Elected as NRP
1934 Lázaro Cárdenas 2,225,0 2,713,419 74.3 Green tickY Elected
1958 Adolfo López Mateos 6,767,754 90.4 Green tickY Elected
1964 Gustavo Díaz Ordaz 8,368,446 88.8 Green tickY Elected
1970 Luis Echeverría Álvarez 11,970,893 86.0 Green tickY Elected
1976 José López Portillo 16,727,993 100.0 Green tickY Elected unopposed
1982 Miguel de la Madrid 16,748,006 74.3 Green tickY Elected
1988 Carlos Salinas de Gortari 9,687,926 50.7 Green tickY Elected
1994 Ernesto Zedillo 17,181,651 48.6 Green tickY Elected
2000 Francisco Labastida 13,579,718 36.1 Red XN Defeated
2006 Roberto Madrazo 9,301,441 22.2 Red XN Defeated Coalition: Alliance for Mexico
2012 Enrique Peña Nieto 18,727,398 38.1 Green tickY "Elected" Coalition: Committed to Mexico

Presidential elections

Electoral history

The return of the PRI, however, is not welcomed by everyone. When it was tossed from the presidency in the year 2000, few expected that the "perfect dictatorship", a description coined by Mario Vargas Llosa, would return again in only 12 years.[36] According to the Statesman Journal, "history books will tell you" that for more than seven decades, the PRI ran Mexico under an "autocratic, endemically corrupt, crony-ridden government". The elites of the PRI allegedly ruled the police and the judicial system, and justice was only available if purchased with bribes.[37] During its time in power, the PRI became a symbol of corruption, repression, economic mismanagement, and electoral frauds, and many educated Mexicans and urban dwellers worry that its return may signify a return to Mexico's past.[38] People are also afraid that democracy will no longer exist when the PRI comes to power.[38] Associated Press published an article on July 2012 noting that many immigrants living in the United States are worried about the PRI's return to power and that it may dissuade many from returning to their homeland.[39] The vast majority of the 400,000 voters outside of Mexico voted against Peña Nieto, and said they were "shocked" that the PRI – which largely convinced them to leave Mexico – has returned.[39] Voters that favor Peña Nieto, however, believed that the PRI "has changed" and that more jobs will be created under the new regime.[40] Moreover, some U.S. officials are concerned that Peña Nieto's security strategy meant the return to the old and corrupt practices of the PRI regime, where the government made deals and turned a blind eye on the cartels in exchange for peace.[41] After all, they worried that Mexico's drug war, which has cost over 50,000 lives, would make Mexicans question on why they should "pay the price for a US drug habit".[41] Peña Nieto denies, however, that his party would not tolerate corruption and stated he would not make deals with the cartels.[41]

[35] to have carried out a "shambolic campaign". Thus, Peña Nieto wins by default and was considered by the newspaper as the "least bad choice" for reform in Mexico.The Economist, was deemed worthy but was considered by Josefina Vázquez Mota – was seen with "disgraceful behaviour". The conservative candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, but the candidate that represented that movement – left-wing The newspaper also alleges that Mexico's preferences should have gone [35] alleges that these signs are "not as bad as they look," since Mexico is more democratic, it enjoys a competitive export market, has a well-run economy despite the crisis, and there are tentative signs that the violence in the country may be plummeting. But if voters want the PRI back, it is because "the alternatives [were] weak".The Economist [35]

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