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Mexico lacks a left capable of imagining a different society

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Interview. ‘Let’s go slowly because the path is long.’ Mexico’s political situation is dire. With the exclusion of Marichuy from the ballot, there are no honest candidates, says journalist Juan Villoro.

written by Luca Martinelli

Topic Latin America

Also filed under interview

June 8, 2018

“I voted for the first time in 1976, and on that occasion there was only one candidate for the presidency of Mexico, José López Portillo, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Tired of systematic electoral fraud, the opposition decided not to run,” says Juan Villoro, writer and columnist of the newspaper Reforma.

On July 1, Mexico will elect a new president. There are four candidates, but according to Villoro the situation is even worse than it was 42 years ago: “It is true that for my debut at the polls there were no alternatives, but we could dream for a better future, when there would be an open confrontation between political parties: the reality was bad, but the hope was truly present and healthy. Today, however, neither reality nor illusion satisfy us. We are facing a double crisis.”

What kind of a country is going to the polls next month?

Mexico is one of the most expensive and failing democracies in the world. Electoral campaigns last too long, and political parties allocate themselves resources that no one controls (5.3 billion pesos per year, or about €230 million). The PRI ruled the country for 71 years, until 2000. In the era of the “single party,”........

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