In Mexico City, the left extends its reign

July 8, 2012

By Anne-Marie O’Connor, The Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — As accusations of fraud swirl around the presidential race, there is one Mexican election that is undisputed: the victory of Miguel Angel Mancera, the capital city’s mayor-elect.

The soft-spoken legal scholar, who until recently was the city’s top prosecutor, won with 63 percent of the vote.

Mancera was the candidate of the Democratic Revolutionary Party, or PRD, which has run Mexico City since 1997 and is credited with transforming the colossal capital from urban dystopia to tourist destination.

It was a remarkable political debut, but it was viewed mostly as a show of the Mexican left’s strength.

“The left could have picked a name randomly from the phone book and won the mayorship,” said George Grayson, a professor at the College of William and Mary.

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