PAN candidates meet in final debate before the party makes a final decision.

February 2, 2012

Diana Murray Watts and Eric L. Olson, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 2/2/2012

On January 31st, the three remaining candidates for the PAN’s presidential nomination met at the party’s national headquarters for a second debate before party members and affiliated members chose their candidate on February fifth. The nationally broadcast debate was the second between former Congressional leader Josefina Vázquez Mota, former Treasury Secretary Ernesto Cordero, and former Senator Santiago Creel. It was also the first held under new rules designed to encourage interaction and debate between the candidates. Previous debates had been criticized for their tameness because debate rules only allowed candidates to present their positions but not address or debate the positions of others.

Several issues were on the agenda at the debate including the fight against poverty, sustainable development, justice and security. Given the importance of the security debate, we provide the following excerpts from the candidates’ declarations during the debate. (The translations are our own and unofficial). Read the rest of this entry »

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Oil reform and the presidential contenders

January 6, 2012

Katie Putnam, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 1/6/2012

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has published a new piece by Duncan Wood on the presidential candidates and the potential for oil reform in Mexico:

Since Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) announced in November of 2011 that he would seek a full scale oil reform to allow Pemex to follow a Petrobras-like business model, the issue has become one of the most talked about themes in the campaign for the July 2012 elections. Peña Nieto’s call for a change in Mexico’s legislation to allow Pemex to work more freely with the private sector has spurred the other leading candidates to formulate their own ideas on the future of the Mexican oil industry. Josefina Vázquez Mota, the leading contender for the PAN presidential nomination, having immediately echoed EPN’s sentiments about the need for reform, last week began to elaborate on her plans for Pemex. Read the rest of this entry »