Mexican Presidential Election Crib Sheet #1: What Are the Parties in Contention?

On July 1, Mexico heads to the polls to elect a new president. And MexElects has you covered.

Mexico will be holding its presidential election on July 1st, 2018. If you’re not up on it, don’t feel bad. Reporting on Mexico in much of the English-language press is woefully inadequate, handicapped by stereotypes, cultural and language barriers, cutbacks in news departments, and vested interests with axes to grind.

That’s where MexElects comes in. We are an independent media source devoted to covering this year’s campaign straight through election night…and beyond. Through videos, interviews, roundtable discussions, articles and blog posts, our aim is to provide up-to-the-minute analysis of the major developments – in both English and Spanish – while also providing a platform for issues and voices not covered by the mainstream media.

Along the way, we’ll introduce you to Mexico itself: the cities and towns, food and drink, art, music, architecture and, most importantly, the people. A political travelogue, if you will. Or rather, a way of viewing politics that is sensitive to Mexico’s cultural and historical context, which is where most standard, off-the-shelf analysis falls short.

And thanks to Progressive Army, you’ll be able to enjoy our coverage right here, as well! Just to get you up to speed, we began our coverage with a five-part “crib sheet” series on the major parties, candidates, issues, history, and context: all the basic building blocks you’ll need to be able to engage with the Mexican electoral process as it unfolds. Here is our first video, on the country’s main political parties. ¡Hasta pronto!

             Video Source: mexelects.com

Written by Kurt Hackbarth

Kurt Hackbarth is a writer, playwright and journalist working in both English and Spanish, making him highly suspect and potentially un-American. Managing partner of Big Amp Media. Denied entry to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Kurt wandered the city, seeking inspiration in street food and bands before being discovered in a corner of FDR Park, talking to himself.

Kurt is a Writer for Progressive Army.

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