Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Mexico's Left Stuck

Former Mexico City mayor Alejandro Encinas has been elected to lead the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution. Encinas is a supporter of self-proclaimed Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a supporter of Hugo Chavez, and rejects the presidency of Felipe Calderón. This puts him way too the left of the New Left and its pragmatic leader Jesus Ortega.

The Party of the Democratic Revolution continues to obstruct government efforts and by effect, limit its own influence. Calderón is popular as a result of his disaster relief efforts and military-led anti-drug campaigns. The opposition party leadership of Encinas will ensure the Mexican left will remain isolated and Mexico a regional U.S. sympathizer.

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