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Mexico

Date: 2 July 2006
What is elected: President
Term: 6 years
Current president: Vicente Fox

Situation: The left-leaning former Mexico City mayor, Andres Lopez Obrador, is currently leading the polls. His Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) has to prove that it has appeal outside the capital and beat off challengers from the other two main political forces, the ruling National Action Party (PAN) and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The PRI, which ruled Mexico for seven decades until it lost power to Mr Fox, is hoping to return to government.

BBC Latin America analyst James Painter says that Mr Lopez Obrador would be unlikely to follow a radical economic agenda, as the Mexican economy is now so tied to that of the US.

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