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Today, The Two Mikes lucked out and got a chance to speak with Nelson Balido, who now is a part of a team examining Mexico’s electoral system in the aftermath of elections on June 6th.
He said that all voting in Mexico is done with paper ballots and that election day was not nearly as violent as the American media reported. Mexico’s ruling party lost its supermajority in the Congress and was forced to form a coalition with the country’s Green party. President Lopez Obrador — referred to as AMLO — is supported by 52-percent of the Congress, but 12-percent of the total comes from the Greens and so the path ahead will not be entirely smooth for AMLO.
Mr. Balido explained that this may not be such a bad thing for the United States as, without the supermajority AMLO had, he will not be able to reinvent Mexico as Venezuela as quickly as he had expected to.
Mr. Balido mentioned that the following short article in the Economist is a pretty summing up of Mexico’s election:
The president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was not on the ballot, but Mexico’s mid-term elections, held on June 6th, were largely a referendum on his polarising performance. Voters selected representatives to the lower house of the national legislature and 30 of the 32 state congresses, as well as governors of 15 states and thousands of local posts. Although Mr López Obrador’s party, Morena, and the parties in its coalition won a majority in the national legislature’s lower house, it lost its two-thirds supermajority. The results are a blow to the president’s ambitions to transform Mexico.
Parties in power tend to lose seats in mid-terms, so the result is not entirely surprising. Morena dropped from 256 of 500 seats in the lower house to around 198. Even with the help of its allies, it falls well below the 334 seats needed for a supermajority. More gallingly for Mr López Obrador, the coalition of established parties did well: the National Action Party ( pan), which held the presidency from 2000 to 2012, will be the second-biggest political force, followed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party ( pri), which ruled the country for seven decades until 2000.
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