Thursday, June 29, 2006
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will be the next president of Mexico. I’m on the record today – before the Mexican elections on July 2 – with this prediction. As of today, Lopez Obrador and his closest rival, Felipe Calderon, are running neck-and-neck. Yet I base my prediction (that Lopez Obrador will win the election) on two considerations. First, my own finger on the pulse of Mexican society. My Mexican associates tell me that they feel Lopez Obrador will be the presidential winner. Although voters say that they like Calderon, they now want to give the PRD a chance, just as they did with the PAN, to see how effective it might be governing the nation. This, in turn, is based upon the second factor. Whereas both candidates are attempting to use Mexico’s recent economic upturn to their political advantage, Calderon must concede that it has been his own party’s administration (under Vicente Fox) overseeing the economic stagnation of the past six years. And the PRI candidate isn’t even popular in this election. So I repeat: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will be the next president of Mexico. The question that remains is this: What effect will this new president have on Mexico-U.S. relations?
- Lee Cuesta
- LEE CUESTA, a journalist who worked in Mexico City, has written about the complexities in Chiapas for a decade, acquiring firsthand experience in both Tuxtla Gutiérrez and San Cristóbal de Las Casas. As a fully bilingual writer, the author has been published in periodicals such as Northwest, Eternity, World Pulse, Indian Life, Interlit, Prisma, El Faro and Apuntes Pastorales. The articles receive international response. In addition, Cuesta is the author of the novel entitled Once: Once, about religious intolerance and an independence movement in Chiapas, along with a conspiracy to recapture territory that once belonged to Mexico. In it, he combines the skills of a storyteller and investigative reporter to penetrate the historical, social and spiritual dimensions of this convincing tale. It provides a rare and stunning glimpse into the elements that render neighboring cultures so incompatible.
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