By Allison Fedirka
On July 1, nearly 90 million Mexican voters will go to the polls to elect more than 3,000 local, state and federal representatives, including the country’s next president. It was six years ago that Enrique Pena Nieto was elected president and introduced the Pact for Mexico, a major plan for reform aimed at improving the country’s economic performance, development, security and government transparency. But despite these efforts, Mexico’s next president will inherit many of the same challenges that Pena Nieto faced in 2012, some of which have grown even more severe over the past six years.
Many voters are thus frustrated with the lack of progress, which largely explains why the candidate representing Pena Nieto’s party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is currently polling in third place. The front-runner, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who heads the National Regeneration Movement, is a left-leaning nationalist candidate who defies the status
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