Mexico Living – Politics in Mexico

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Mexico Living – The 2012 Mexico Elections

If you are an expat living in Mexico, it’s important to know your place in Mexico’s political matters while you are Mexico living.

The first and most important note of your rights in policy or politics in Mexico, as an expat, is that you do not possess the rights of a citizen or national if you were not born in Mexico or have not acquired Mexican citizenship. Even if you are registered as a permanent resident, you may not partake in any elections, demonstrations or publicly voice your likes or dislikes at any public meeting that addresses Mexico politics or policy of any kind.  If you defy these rules, you are subject to imprisonment for illegal demonstration.

As an expat who is retired,  you do have the benefits of receiving health care from Mexico’s social medical health network.  Your inability to vote, however, means you will be a resident of a country where you cannot take a stance in its future.

So why this article about politics in Mexico?

Because it is important for expats who are considering the transition to Mexico living or those already experiencing Mexico living to know who will control the country in which they are expats and how conditions may affect their host nation.

Mexico Living – Three Main Mexico Political Parties Vie for Control

There are three main political parties in Mexico, each with different ideological and political principles.

First you have the National Action Party, PAN (Partido Acción Nacional) .  This political party is considered Mexico’s right of center party and is the party to which the incumbent present, President Felipe Calderón, is a member.  The PAN is a conservative and Christian democratic party, founded in 1939 by Roman Catholics and conservatives as a result of the Cristero insurgency loss of the Cristero War.  A good account of this war is depicted in the 2012 movie For Greater Glory,

Secondly, there is the Institucional Revolutionary Party, PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional) is part of the Socialist International and has gone through several name changes for various reasons. Whichever name used during the twentieth century, the PRI has been the dominating party in regional, state and national elections for most of that period.  This party is considered the left of center party and may have a stronghold on the 2012 Presidential Elections. This party is now represented by younger, very well “foreign” educated group of forward thinking politicos.

Lastly is the Party of the Democratic Revolution, PRD (Partido de la Revolución Democrática), a splinter group formed in 1989 from various smaller political parties to gather a stronghold in the main arena of Mexico politics, and now, one of the three main political groups in Mexico’s political contest for control of the country.  The PRD has a strong electoral presence in central and southern Mexico and is considered a leftist group.

How Can the Next President of Mexico Affect Your Mexico Living?

For the most part, 21st Century Mexico is a democracy.  This offers an expat the lifestyle to which they are familiar and comfortable for an easy transition to Mexico living.

Expats who are considering a future of Mexico living need to be aware of what political party has the best chance of winning the 2012 Presidential election in Mexico.  The new President will reign for 6 consecutive years and will determine the future of the country in ways that affect the economy, education, social programs and liberties.

July 1, 2012 will determine who will be the next President of Mexico.  We, as expats, all await the news and anticipate what the new regime will bring about for our future of Mexico living.

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