The Weekly Standard has an article on the presidential election in Mexico this Sunday. It expresses hope for a Peña Nieto administration. He is a member of the PRI (political party) which has generally been a part of the problem in the past, but this article explains why it may not be the case. I have never been a fan of the PRI in the past, but this year the PAN, who I have generally supported has put forward a pro-abortion candidate, Josefina Vazquez Mota. That is especially sad because it has been so closely tied to the Catholic church in the past. I like the last paragraph in the article. It says,
It’s true that many PRI officials would prefer to take Mexico backward. But there are major structural forces (both institutional and societal) standing in their way, and Peña Nieto has sent encouraging signals about his appetite for reform. The country he will govern is an increasingly confident democracy with a healthy economy. Even on the security front, there has been progress, despite the horrifying number of drug murders. As former DEA administrator Robert Bonner wrote recently in Foreign Affairs, President Calderón “will bequeath to his successor major successes against the cartels, newly invigorated institutions, and a sound strategy.” Let’s hope that Peña Nieto doesn’t waste his opportunity.