Midterm federal elections scheduled for Sunday could mean President's conservative party first electoral setback
Seen by analysts as a referendum on President Vicente Fox's term in office, Sunday's federal legislative elections could become a turning point for
In a recent statement, Vicente Fox defended his administration and denied his government had committed any major mistakes since taking office three years ago. At that time, and after ending with PRI's one-party rule, Mexico suffered continuing troubles with the economy and internal political conflicts, as wells as controversies over new laws for the indigenous minorities.
"I am very satisfied.
On the other hand,
As a result, the opposition took the offensive. "There is no growth, there is no development and his campaign promises are totally broken", said PRI leader Roberto Madrazzo Madrazo at a campaign event in the capital. As the main force in the congress, the Institutional Revolutionary Party has blocked Fox's main proposal toward the reactivation of the economy through a tax sweeping and incentives to the foreign investment.
Fox took office with great popularity, but it appears his honeymoon is fading. His government won some credit thanks to
To Fox's credit, it is important to remark that, according to observers, Mexico is more open and free now than it was three years ago. However, it is something that came, almost naturally, thanks to the substitution of the PRI, in power for 71 years. Perhaps, the enthusiasm of the first months has turned into frustration, as Fox could not resolve the structural problem