Fight Over Calderón Address Shows Struggles of Mexico’s Young Democracy

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MEXICO CITY — For decades, the Mexican president’s annual Sept. 1 national address was an extravagant bit of political pageantry. The chief executive would kick off the event by touring the capital’s streets in a convertible, waving to adoring crowds under a shower of confetti. Then, he would strut into Congress and speak at length, sometimes for hours, on his administration’s achievements of that year. Today, the event remains a prime example of Mexican political theater, but with an important distinction — with the advent of democracy, the proceedings are now unscripted and occasionally unruly. In 2006, former President Vicente […]

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