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Mexico at a Crossroads: The 2018 Elections

May 03, 2018
5:30 PM MDT - 8:00 PM MDT
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Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown
1400 Welton St.
Denver, CO 80202
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General elections for Mexico are scheduled for July 1, 2018.  Voters will elect a new president to a six-year term, 500 members of the Chamber of Deputies, and 128 members of the Senate.  This constitutes the institutional hard core of the nation’s political system, so these elections could pave the way for major changes in Mexico’s policies and politics.
Incumbent president Enrique Peña Nieto is not eligible for re-election.  This contest features nine registered political parties, among them the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), National Action Party (PAN), and the newly formed National Regeneration Movement (Morena).  Formerly the “official” party of the Mexican Revolution, the PRI is now holds the center the political spectrum; the PAN is on the right and Morena stands on the left.  Its candidate is the perennial hopeful  Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). 
Competition is intense. Recent opinion polls show that AMLO/Morena holds a slight lead, with just over 30 percent of the vote, the PAN with 26 percent, while the PRI and other parties have substantially less support.  A sizeable portion of the electorate is undecided. 

Discussion will focuson the following questions:
- What are the issues?  What do the candidates stand for?
- Who will win?  With what consequences for Mexico? 
- What are likely implications for US.-Mexican relations? 
- How will the Trump administration react to these developments?

About the Panelists
Ana Covarrubias, prominent scholar and political analyst at El Colegio de México

Guadalupe González, a well-known political commentator and founder of a prestigious multinational project on “Latin America and the World.”

Event Details
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.:  Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Panel Discussion & Audience Q+A


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