22 May 2015

Mexico Elections

I always get behind on blogging when we have company and we've had lots recently which has been lovely.  My niece was here last and I had the best time with her.

Anyway, we're in the middle of an election campaign here in Mexico.  The legislative election will be on June 7th and there are also other local elections like for mayor of Guadalajara.

The main parties in Mexico are PAN (Partido Acción Nacional), PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional- the current president of Mexico is PRI after 12 years of a PAN president with 71 years of PRI before that), and PRD (Partido de la Revolución Democrática).  There are other smaller parties, but the two main ones I see are Movimiento Ciudadano and Verde.  Verde is aligned with PRI (which means you see signs saying a vote for Verde is a vote for PRI).

The first signs I noticed- which doesn't necessary mean anything- were Verde billboards and window stickers for Enrique Alfaro Ramirez.  Alfaro seemed to be on the back window of every car. He's from Movimiento Ciudadano and is currently leading in the polls for mayor of Guadalajara. The other two major candidates are Alfonzo Petersen (really) from PAN and Ricardo Villanueva from PRI.

There are more and more people handing out campaign stuff on street corners (you can find intersection workers willing to do just about anything, from waving signs for politicians to burning buses for drug cartels- but that's obviously rare) and people stand at intersections with music and microphones to campaign to their captive audiences stuck in cars.

I really wish I could get window stickers for everyone and plaster them all over the car, but my husband seems to think that's a bad idea.

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