Weekly Report - 22 July 2021 (WR-21-29)

MEXICO: PRI divided over direction

The Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) is struggling to come to terms with life on the fringes of power. The PRI’s days of dominance were definitively consigned to the past in the mega elections on 6 June when the left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador won no fewer than seven of the state governorships the party had controlled. This was the one level of government where the PRI remained the pre-eminent political force: Morena dwarfs the PRI in congress. Past and present PRI politicians formed a dissident faction this week demanding that there be consequences for the defeat. They started off by calling for the resignation of the party’s national executive committee (CEN).

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