Monday, February 6, 2012

Woman Picked As Mexico's PAN Presidential Candidate

Josefina Vásquez Mota, selected as presidential candidate by the National Action Party.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 6, 2012

Mexico City - On Sunday, officials with the National Action Party (PAN) announced that their politican party had selected Josefina Vásquez Mota, 51, as their presidential candidate. "I will become the next president for Mexico and first woman ever elected in the history of Mexico," Mota, an economist told 55% of the voters that selected her to run for president. Mota was a former Mexican House Speaker in the Congress. If elected, Mota will become the first woman to represent a conservative political party ideology in Mexico.
She will face Enrique Peña Nieto, presidential candidate for the Revolutionary Institute Party (PRI) in the July 1st elections. The PRI party had been in power for 71 years and is attributed to spreading corruption throughout Mexico and political bribes until 2000 when it was defeated.
In Mexico, a president can only be elected to a one time six-year term. The current Mexican President is Felipe Calderon (PAN) who was elected in 2006.
President Calderon is credited for trying to stem out police and government corruption, including the proliferation fight against Mexican cartels responsible for killing over 50,000 people, money laundering, drug smuggling and trafficking.

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