The Washington Post and the Upcoming Mexican Elections

Dear Editor,

Source: AP/Danny Johnston

The lack of coverage by the The Washington Post leading up to the July 1 Mexican presidential and legislative elections is troubling. The elections’ outcomes will most likely lead to critical policy shifts on international trade, migration, and the drug war—issues that transcend budgetary concerns and have ramifications on both sides of the Rio Grande.

The United States is Mexico’s leading international trade partner; 73.5 percent of all Mexican exports come here. In addition, human capital passes between the two countries in large numbers, with more than 1 million expats living in Mexico and about 31.8 million Mexicans dwelling in the United States. These ties create a web of mutual interest, wherein policy on one side of the border affects markets and security on the other.

One glaring example of this shared fate is the war on drugs. With PRI presidential candidate Peña Nieto currently enjoying a 15 percent lead, his party’s history in fighting drug cartels raises concerns. Former PRI governors have been investigated for corruption and links to organized crime. Nieto has tried to distance himself from past PRI practices, but this questionable past is exactly the kind of thing that the Post should be scrutinizing.

Darya Vakulenko

Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs

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One thought on “The Washington Post and the Upcoming Mexican Elections

  • June 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Polls in México like in the US are not free of ideology, and they are used to shape not poll public opinion. The 15% lead you report is not accurate and is an example of an oppressive state apparatus that wants to impose the next president of México, the PRI candidate, on its citizens, denying them their basic right to freely elect their leaders. The question of the polls has been debated in Mexican media and contributed to the primavera mexicana or Mexican Spring, an awakening of students in both public and private universities. These students, calling themselves #YoSoy132, took to the streets in tens of thousands all over México demanding a democratization of media, access to accurate information, and an end to media manipulation. I agree with you that more coverage is needed, but the 15% lead is a cifra maquillada and not trustworthy.


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