Alum is Apparent Winner of Presidential Election in Mexico

July 7, 2006
Doug Gavel

Felipe Calderón MPA 2000 is the apparent winner of the closest presidential election in Mexico history. The preliminary ruling came following the tabulation of election sheets from all 130,000 polling stations by the national election commission. Calderon’s margin of victory was just 236,000 votes out of more than 41 million cast. His closest opponent, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the former mayor of Mexico City, is contesting the results and has filed claims requesting a full recount.
Calderón is an attorney and former energy minister of Mexico. He is considered a conservative who is expected to continue many of the economic policies of outgoing President Vincente Fox, who is leaving office following a six-year term. The new president will face a myriad of challenges, including attracting new foreign investment and increasing domestic living standards.
The final outcome of the race may not be officially determined for several days or weeks, with a special Federal Electoral Tribunal expected to rule on the challenge being made by López Obrador. The winner is scheduled to take office on December 1.
Detailed election coverage is provided in the Boston Globe: Click Here
A story on a series of recent election victories by Kennedy School alums is published in the July 7 Harvard Crimson: Click Here


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