Mexico’s mid-term elections on June 7th sent mixed messages to the Mexican people with the first-ever appointment of an independent gubernatorial candidate, Jaime Rodriguez Calderon (aka “El Bronco”). While the dominant parties—President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and National Action Party (PAN)--once again won the most seats, they lost some ground to emerging opposition groups.
But beyond giving way to a fresh political party, the race was seen more as a protest against party politics in an election tarnished with bouts of violence.
On June 16th, Prosek Partners, in partnership with the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in New York, hosted an event in New York City that opened a discussion to experts on Mexico's political, economic, and media landscape. Panelists Maria Hinojosa, Host of NPR’s Latino USA; Daniel Bases, Senior Correspondent at Thomson Reuters; and Rafael de la Fuente, Chief Latin American Economist for UBS, shared their views on the election results from a U.S. perspective.
Initial themes throughout the conversation touched on the ongoing violence, insecurity, and corruption in the Mexican government. Panel participants were pleased to report corruption has been down recently, but acknowledged that large-scale challenges do remain. Read the rest of this entry »