Sunday, July 3, 2011

Narcopolitics: The case of Hidalgo

In yesterday's El Universal, former gubernatorial candidate Xóchitl Gálvez revealed that the narcos offered to support her campaign with 50 million pesos, an offered she refused, but didn't report out of fear for her family.

Today Hidalgo is having another election - this time for head of the state's 84 municipalities - and Los Zetas are arguably backing candidates in particularly the Huasteca region, a Zeta stronghold.

Thanks to a 2009 electoral reform that aimed at streamlining the state elections - elections for governors at the same time as municipal elections  - the new municipal heads will serve five and a half years.

Quite a prize.

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