Political Thermometer

August 11, 2013
Political Thermometer

Following the elections held in July and with post-election conflicts resolved, various situations are affecting the temperature of Mexican politics: the situation in the Federal Congress and the situation among the political parties. The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is reasonably calm; however, the National Action Party (PAN) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) will see the political temperature rise as a result of the imminent change in their leadership. The election for the respective presidents of the right-wing and left-wing parties will bring to light the different groups and factions that make up such parties, including the obvious internal party divisions. Nevertheless, the most noteworthy political topic at the moment has to do with the proposals by PAN and President Peña Nieto as to the energy reform and the anticipated PRD opposition. The debate has initially taken place within the so-called Pact for Mexico and the impact that the upcoming debate will have on opening of the petroleum and electric energy sectors within the framework for dialogue provided by the Pact for Mexico is unknown. In any case, it is clear that the political temperature in Mexico will remain high the rest of the year.

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