Author Archives: Ricardo Castillo

AMLO’s Electoral Reform on Opposition Collision Course

OPINION By RICARDO CASTILLO The dust from Mexico’s June 5 gubernatorial elections has not yet settled, but the government’s political opponents are all set for the next round with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and his leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena). Last week, the opposition Va por México coalition — composed of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), the

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The Bullfighting Beef: A Whole Lot of Bull

OPINION By RICARDO CASTILLO The two-front legal battle against bullfighting in Mexico was postponed from last week to Thursday, June 9. In essence, a municipal judge has allowed a temporary stay on bullfighting in the nation’s capital to continue while a lawsuit challenging its legality moves forward. In both cases, bullfights, usually held at the 42,000-seat capacity monumental Mexico City’s

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INE Announces Preliminary Gubernatorial Election Results

By RICARDO CASTILLO Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) late Sunday, June 6, issued the preliminary results of the “rapid count” of exit polls in the elections of the states of Aguascalientes, Durango, Hidalgo, Tamaulipas, Oaxaca and Quintana Roo, with little in the way of surprises. According to those results, the ruling National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party, which was founded by

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Paving the Way for a One-Party Regime

OPINION By RICARDO CASTILLO In the eyes of some pundits, the current trend in Mexican elections is the result of a democratic procedure, but for others, the imminent results of the country’s midterm elections on Sunday, June 5, is an ominous path to a return of a one-party system. If all current forecasts are correct, the “awesome threesome” political coalition

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All the Kings Horses

OPINION By RICARDO CASTILLO These days, the political gossip churners in Mexico have a new favorite target: Federal Deputy Alejandro Moreno Cárdenas, alias “Alito” (short for Alejandro), who is the both the current president of the once-mighty Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI, which ruled the country without interruptions from 1929 to 2000), and the leader of the remaining 70 PRI deputies in

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