Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Deeper Alliance

The PAN is moving toward an alliance with the PRD in Chiapas in local elections, despite the fact that there is no gubernatorial race this year. I think this is the first case of an alliance existing independently of a governor's contest. Furthermore, there is no claim whatsoever to an alliance being necessary to break the PRI's iron grip on local power; non-priístas have governed the state since 2000. There is a certain logic to the PRD and the PAN putting their differences to one side and uniting to defeat guys like Ulises Ruiz and Mario Marín, but an alliance in a place like Chiapas is hard to justify beyond the immediate electoral calculus.

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