When the Opposition Took over Mexico: Elections 2000

Oropeza, Manuel Gonzalez
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Elections 2000 were historical in Mexico, not because of the controversies that arose in North America, but because after 71 years of continuous success in the polls, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) stepped down from the presidency of the Federal Government, in a highly contested election among five strong candidates 1 but without any prejudice or controversy regarding the results, which were completely and formally accepted by all the contenders.2 This was exceptional in the rest of North America, where results were highly contested even with prejudice for the judicial system, nobody predicted that the Mexican political system was prepared to give up one of its main features and that the PRI would step down within the framework of legal institutions.