PRI Remains the Main Political Force in Mexico

pri.logoThe institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) retained the largest number of seats in the Chamber of deputies in mid-term elections conducted in Mexico, where calm, despite calls to boycott the elections prevailed.

A quick and preliminary count announced last night by the Electoral National Institute (INE) projected the PRI with around 30 percent of the vote and about 200  elected members.

The opposition party of national action (PAN) remained as the second political force in the Chamber of Congress, with little more than 20 per cent of the votes and 105 to 116 legislators.

The party of the democratic revolution, which apparently had a strong placement in the Federal District is placed in third place with around 11 percent of the vote and between 51 and 60 deputies.

The Green ecological Mexican party, ally of the PRI, is the fourth political force, followed by the movement of national regeneration (Morena), with good results in its first electoral foray.

The organization headed by former presidential candidate PRD Andrés Manuel López Obrador, would receive between 34 and 40 members, according to the quick count reported almost at midnight by the Minister President of the INE, Lorenzo Córdova.

Everything seems to indicate that Morena broke the hegemony of the PRD in Mexico City,where it has ruled for the past 18 years.

This Sunday the Governors of several States were also renewed. The PRI won in Campeche,Guerrero and Sonora, according to the trend of voting…

Meanwhile, the PAN retained Baja California and attributed the victory in Queretaro and Colima, while the PRD won in Michoacan.

In Nuevo León, in the Northeast, the new Governor will be Jaime Rodríguez, an independent candidate, a figure release in these elections and result of the politica-electoral reform adopted during the current administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The elections mark a trend of dispersion of the vote regarding previous elections in which the PRI and the PAN capitalizing the bulk of the vote.

During the incidents, took place mostly in the States of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero,where magisterial and social sectors tried to prevent the elections in some localities.

However, the deployment of thousands of troops from the army, Navy, Federal Police and State security forces proved deterrent and said normalcy in most parts of the country.

Turnout was less than 50 per cent of eligible Mexicans to vote. (PL)


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