All this week, The Takeaway reports on the upcoming presidential elections in Mexico, a country trying to cope with a number of pressing problems. Drug cartel violence has effectively militarized much of the country. And while Mexico is recovering from the global economic crisis, government monopolies force citizens to pay high prices for basic necessities like groceries and gas.
The stakes are certainly high for Mexico’s next president. The frontrunner is Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the party that ruled Mexico for nearly seventy years until its defeat in 2000. Josefina Vázquez Mota, the candidate of the governing National Action Party (PAN), isn't too far behind in the polls. She is also the first woman to run for the presidency from a major Mexican political party.
Peter O’Dowd, news director of KJZZ in Arizona, recently returned from a reporting trip to Mexico. He discusses the candidates and the situation on the ground, just across the border.