Elections in Mexico, a test for López Obrador

With tranquility and without major shocks, the voters of two states of Mexico —which have been governed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for almost a century— went to the polls this Sunday in elections that test the advance of the party of the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador ahead of next year’s presidential elections.

The elections of greatest national significance are those of the State of Mexico, the most populous region in the country with 12 million voters, which combines suburbs, popular towns and agricultural communities with the main ills of the nation, inequalities, violence and corruption. , and where boredom predominated.

more of the same

“Vote for whoever you vote for is the same thing,” said José Luis Mendoza, a 64-year-old bricklayer from Naucalpan. “Before, you were always with the PRI, which is the one that advised you, supported you,” he explained.

Then Mendoza says that he opted for other parties but he is still not satisfied. “I no longer have faith in anyone,” he added.

Delfina Gómez, the school teacher candidate for Morena —López Obrador’s political group— presented herself during the campaign as the image of the turn that took place in 2018 at the national level and of the “transformation” and “well-being” policy that she promotes. the federal government.

forces against the ruling party

Alejandra del Moral, a former mayor with a long list of university degrees, represents the PRI, which is in coalition with the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and the leftist Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), formerly enemy groups that only have in common join forces against the candidate endorsed by the president.

Both encouraged participation by casting their vote. Gómez in a humble locality to the east of the capital; Del Moral in an affluent northwestern suburb.

“We want change, that they listen to us,” complained Rufina Pérez, a retiree from Naucalpan, a northwestern suburb of Mexico City. “Everyone promises us, PRI, PAN have already passed, we already know how it was,” added the woman

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