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Fracturing of Mexico’s Former Ruling Party Following Election Defeat

by Gabriel Martinez
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Mexico’s long-standing ruling party experienced a fracture on Monday as four prominent senators resigned amidst internal conflicts and the loss of their last significant stronghold.

For 70 uninterrupted years, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) held the presidency and controlled almost all state governments in Mexico.

However, the PRI, once a dominant force, now stands as a mere shadow of its former self due to the emergence of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena party. Last month, Morena secured the governorship of the State of Mexico, which was previously a stronghold of the PRI.

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Morena has capitalized on a blend of welfare programs and nationalism, effectively replacing the PRI’s previous ideology.

On Monday, four influential PRI senators, along with numerous supporters, announced their departure from the party. Led by former interior secretary Miguel Osorio Chong, the senators revealed their intention to establish a new group called “Congruence for Mexico.” However, this new faction will not be eligible to compete in the upcoming 2024 presidential elections.

Currently governing only two sparsely populated states, the PRI has now become Mexico’s fourth-largest political party, lagging behind Morena, the conservative National Action Party, and the centrist Citizen’s Movement.

Chong and the other senators voiced objections to the current PRI party leader Alejandro Moreno’s attempts to cling onto power.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about election defeat

What caused the fracture in Mexico’s old ruling party?

The fracture in Mexico’s old ruling party, the PRI, was caused by internal disputes and the party’s loss of the State of Mexico, its last major stronghold, to President López Obrador’s Morena party.

How long did the PRI hold power in Mexico?

The PRI held power in Mexico for an uninterrupted period of 70 years, with control over the presidency and most statehouses in the country.

What led to the decline of the PRI?

The rise of President López Obrador’s Morena party, which embraced a combination of welfare programs and nationalism similar to the PRI’s previous ideology, contributed to the decline of the PRI.

Who are the senators that resigned from the PRI?

Four leading senators, including former interior secretary Miguel Osorio Chong, resigned from the PRI and announced the formation of a new group called “Congruence for Mexico.”

Will the new group formed by the resigning senators compete in the next presidential elections?

No, the new group formed by the resigning senators will not be able to compete in the upcoming 2024 presidential elections.

How does the PRI currently rank among Mexico’s political parties?

The PRI currently stands as Mexico’s fourth-largest political party, trailing behind Morena, the National Action Party (PAN), and the Citizen’s Movement (Movimiento Ciudadano).

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10 comments

PartyWatcher July 4, 2023 - 2:54 am

It’s a tough competition out there! Morena, PAN, and Citizen’s Movement are leaving the PRI in the dust. Wonder how this new group by the resigning senators will fare. Can they make a comeback?

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NewsAddict23 July 4, 2023 - 6:18 am

Thanks for the links! Gonna dive deeper into the fractures in the PRI and Mexico’s political landscape. Exciting times in Mexican politics!

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User123 July 4, 2023 - 11:42 am

omg! mexico’s old ruling party like totally fell apart after losing the election! senators resigned n formed a new group. morena party took over state of mexico, pri’s last big place. crazy stuff happening!

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HistoryBuff1990 July 4, 2023 - 4:39 pm

The PRI’s decline marks the end of an era in Mexican politics. They were once so powerful, controlling the presidency and statehouses. But now they’re just a fraction of what they used to be. Change is inevitable, I guess.

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PoliticalJunkie July 4, 2023 - 5:41 pm

Can’t believe the PRI lost its grip after 70 years! Morena really kicked them out with their welfare programs and nationalism. And now those senators are forming a new group. Power struggles are always messy!

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NewsAddict23 July 6, 2023 - 6:01 pm

Thanks for the links! Gonna dive deeper into the fractures in the PRI and Mexico’s political landscape. Exciting times in Mexican politics!

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PartyWatcher July 6, 2023 - 9:00 pm

It’s a tough competition out there! Morena, PAN, and Citizen’s Movement are leaving the PRI in the dust. Wonder how this new group by the resigning senators will fare. Can they make a comeback?

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PoliticalJunkie July 7, 2023 - 12:00 am

Can’t believe the PRI lost its grip after 70 years! Morena really kicked them out with their welfare programs and nationalism. And now those senators are forming a new group. Power struggles are always messy!

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User123 July 7, 2023 - 9:54 am

omg! mexico’s old ruling party like totally fell apart after losing the election! senators resigned n formed a new group. morena party took over state of mexico, pri’s last big place. crazy stuff happening!

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HistoryBuff1990 July 7, 2023 - 1:15 pm

The PRI’s decline marks the end of an era in Mexican politics. They were once so powerful, controlling the presidency and statehouses. But now they’re just a fraction of what they used to be. Change is inevitable, I guess.

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