Mex­ico’s rul­ing party limps to vic­tory

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MEX­ICO’S rul­ing In­sti­tu­tional Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Party (PRI) limped to vic­tory in a key state elec­tion on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary pro­jec­tions of re­sults.

These were quickly chal­lenged by the left­ist party beaten into sec­ond place.

The win­ning party, how­ever, was head­ing for a loss in one state and strug­gling in an­other.

The pu­ta­tive win in the State of Mex­ico was a close call for Pres­i­dent En­rique Pena Ni­eto’s PRI, which has gov­erned it for nearly nine decades. It will not end the as­pi­ra­tions of left­ists led by An­dres Manuel Lopez Obrador, an early favourite for next year’s pres­i­den­tial race.

De­spite its ap­par­ent vic­tory against a party founded only three years ago, the PRI still has to bat­tle widespread anger at cor­rup­tion and ris­ing vi­o­lent crime un­der Pena Ni­eto as the count­down starts for the July 2018 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

With 83 per­cent of re­turns in, PRI can­di­date Al­fredo del Mazo had 33 per­cent of the vote com­pared with 31.2 per­cent for Del­fina Gomez, the can­di­date of Lopez Obrador’s Na­tional Re­gen­er­a­tion Move­ment.

Reuters

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