Mexico 2012 Presidential Elections: Results and Implications
Date and Time
Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Room I
San Diego, CA 92110
On July 1, 2012, after six years under President Felipe Calderón, Mexico held elections at the national level and in 14 states. Although Enrique Peña Nieto, the candidate of the former-ruling party, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), led in the polls throughout presidential race, the election brought new social media protests from student groups and the results were contested by Andres Manuel López Obrador, the candidate of the leftist Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD), due to allegations of electoral violations by the PRI. Meanwhile, Josefina Vasquez Mota, the candidate of the incumbent National Action Party (PAN), was the first female candidate run by a major party, but placed a distant third.
Following the recent ratification of the victory of PRI candidate by Mexican electoral authorities, the Trans-Border Institute hosted a roundtable discussion with experts on the candidates and outcome of the 2012 presidential elections, the possible legislative dynamics under the Peña Nieto administration, and the implications for U.S.-Mexico relations looking forward. Following a panel discussion featuring Dr. Emily Edmonds-Poli, Dr. Federico Estevez, and Dr. Jeffrey Weldon, a round-table discussion with questions and answers was held. To watch the recorded event, please click here. To view the power point presentations used during the roundtable by Dr. Estevez and Dr. Weldon, please click here and here.