What role will Mexico’s future President play?

Presumed President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto

Mexico will have a new…

Puppet? Statesman? Reformer? Luddite? Maverick? Dinosaur?

The question is hard to answer. The country will have a new president in December, but what role will he play?

The election campaign in Mexico was long and intense.

It allowed those of us who followed it from within Mexico or abroad to hear numerous pleasant-sounding promises full of good intentions.

We were shown smiles, TV spots and pictures of the candidates presenting themselves as our next-door neighbor. We witnessed the best political marketing that comes with a modern-day campaign.

All that, I can understand, is how politics works these days.

Political campaigns are pragmatic.

The purpose is to gain votes and access to power. Why go into the detail of how to do it, when the mere promise to transform Mexico into one of the emerging economies of the 21st century, reduce high levels of poverty and inequality, and put an end to organized crime is enough to win elections?

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Alejandro Salas

About Alejandro Salas

Alejandro Salas is Regional Director for the Americas at Transparency International.

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4 Responses to What role will Mexico’s future President play?

  1. Ernesto Priego 12 July 2012 at 10:41 am #

    The thing is it wasn’t only “the mere promise to transform Mexico into one of the emerging economies of the 21st century, reduce high levels of poverty and inequality, and put an end to organized crime” what won the elections. The elections were (also) won through a well-documented series of fraudulent strategies, including explicit vote-buying. There’s a petition at Avaaz asking for transparency in the reviewing/recounting process, the TEPJ deadline is very soon… http://www.avaaz.org/es/mexico_reports_fraud_a/?bjTdldb&v=15951

  2. Jack Klark 12 September 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    1. What United States president developed a foreign policy emphasizing worldwide human rights?
    2. What change was made in 1969 to the South Carolina constitution of 1895?
    3. Why were rural counties able to control the South Carolina state senate until the early 1970s?

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