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Mexico News and Analysis: July 9 - 22, 2012

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1 - DEMOCRACY IN MEXICO?
2 - HSBC BANK ACCUSED OF MONEY LAUNDERING
3 - CONGRESSIONAL REPORT CRITICIZES MEXICAN WAR ON DRUGS

In 1988, PRIista Carlos Salinas de Gotari stole the presidential election. PRD candidate Cuauhtémoc Cardenas was leading when ballot-tallying computers suddenly failed. Two days later, both the computers and the vote count were repaired, putting Salinas ahead. An irate and mobilized public looked to Cardenas, a former PRI politician himself and son of a popular 30s era PRI President, for leadership. Always the consummate insider, Cardenas refused to call for demonstrations and instead funneled popular energy into building the current PRD. Salinas assumed the Presidency with little additional fuss. He proceeded to become perhaps the most hated figure in Mexico over the past half century.

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