Mexico After the Pri: First Impressions Only Come Once

CAMBRIDGE: Credit where credit is due: Mexico's outgoing President, Ernesto Zedillo provided both the political opening and the economic stability that made his country's leap to full democracy possible. Until the last moment, no surprise, there was lingering fear that the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) would steal the election. After all, that is what the PRI has done for 71 years to retain power and the ability to systematically loot the state. Not so this time. The opposition candidate won a sweeping victory with a mandate for democracy and a fresh start across the board. Mexico has done well enough economically to have the courage to change.