Friday, January 7, 2011

A profile of Humberto Moreira Valdés, soon-to-be PRI's national president

From El Universal, a brief but very useful and quite balanced biography of Humberto Moreira Valdés, whose odds at becoming the next national party president of the PRI are about a million to one in his favor.

He appears a man not easily pigeonholed: He is very close to the rightwing Governor of Mexico State, Enrique Peña Nieto, and the leader of SNTE, Elba Esther Gordillo, whose choking grip on education in Mexico is tragically holding back the country, yet he also has critics within the PRI who call him a "leftist," given the quite substantial social spending under his government - the vast majority of it, lest we forget, resulted in a huge rise in that state's debt.

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