Mexican opposition parties fail to unite behind one candidate


MEXICO CITY -- Talks among opposition parties to forge a coalition that would back a single presidential candidate collapsed yesterday, increasing the chances that the party that has controlled Mexico since the 1920s will win power again in elections next year.

The breakdown of talks to form a coalition is a huge setback for the majority of Mexican voters who hoped to see an opposition leader take the presidency and its vast powers away from the Institutional Revolutionary Party.

The breakdown came after four months of negotiations between the right-of-center National Action Party, known as the PAN, and the other main opposition group, the left-leaning Party of the Democratic Revolution.

The PAN and its presidential candidate, Vicente Fox Quesada, made the decision to reject the coalition. The parties could not agree on how to choose between Fox and Cuauhtemoc Cardenas Solorzano, leader of the leftist party.

Cardenas resigned yesterday as mayor of Mexico City to launch his third presidential bid. He is believed to have won in 1988, only to have it stolen from him by fraud.

Pub Date: 9/29/99

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