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2:30 a.m. Mexico City Time July 3, 2000

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Fox Wins Mexican Presidency

López Obrador in Mexico City

What does this mean for drug policy in América?

See analysis below

But first, the people's voice from below:

A Message from Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos

The Narco News Bulletin

"The name of our country is América"

-- Simón Bolívar

It's Official:

Fox Wins Mexico Vote

López Obrador in D.F.


Recognizes Fox Victory

Mexican Left Wins Key Districts in Guerrero, Oaxaca, Tabasco and Michoacán

PRD holds Mexico City

"Continue Firm in the Fight!"

The standard-bearer of the Mexican Left ended his election-night speech at 10:35 p.m. Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas said:

"We know why we fight. This is a struggle for sovereignty and for our petroleum. A struggle for peace in Chiapas and against corruption. A struggle for public education. This is a struggle to restore México and it's people. The struggle is long. But we go forward. We will continue until we reach victory."

Narco News analysis of the campaign's winner:

President-elect Vicente Fox:

Mexico's Mandela?

Or It's Kerensky?

What does a Fox victory mean for the drug issue?

Federal authorities, President Ernesto Zedillo, and opposing candidates now concede victory to Vicente Fox, of the conservative PAN party, as the president-elect of Mexico.

What does this mean for drug policy? Fox will be torn between his opposition supporters -- like drug legalization advocate Jorge Castañeda -- and his wide support in the United States Republican party, especially the Texas-Bush-petroleum industry wing, who have other motives for promoting drug prohibition -- and its pretext to persecute social movements in oil-rich Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela.

The first signal will come in whether Fox keeps his campaign promise to respect and enact the San Andrés Peace Agreements with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in Chiapas: the one population in América that has offered a solution -- local autonomy -- to the drug question (the indigenous zapatistas don't use or traffic in drugs or alcohol, but favor "home rule" rather than imposed US-policy).

The next president of Mexico will be inaugurated in early December. Much will be at play.

But if one reads our May 2000 story of the month by Michael C. Ruppert about the importance of drug money in the United States presidential campaign, and also the Narco News analysis of money laundering by the Fox campaign, there is no better way to understand what is at play tonight in the largest Spanish-speaking country on earth.

Here are the results, now confirmed by officials:

TV Azteca Exit Poll: Fox Projected Winner

Fox: 39 %

Labastida: 31 %

Cárdenas: 16 %

Others: 3 %

Televisa Exit Poll:

Fox: 44 %

Labastida: 38 %

Cárdenas: 16 %

Others: 2 %

Chamber of Radio and Television Industry (CIRT) Exit poll results:

Fox: 43 %

Labastida: 34 %

Cárdenas: 16 %

Others: 7 %

Results by of State Races

Color Code:

Yellow: PRD - Democratic Revolution Party and Alliances

Blue: PAN - National Action Party and Alliances

Green: PRI - Instututional Revolutionary Party (in power)

Silver - Combined vote of smaller parties

It's Official: Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City
With 80 % of vote counted
Results of the Federal District Electoral Institute:
López Obrador: 39.5 %
Creel: 34.2 %
Silva Herzog: 22.78 %
PRI: Total Defeat in All Neighborhoods
What does that mean for drug policy?
Four days ago, López Obrador vowed to keep Police Commissioner Alejandro Gertz Manero (who has called for "a Holland-style drug policy") and City Prosecutor Samuel del Villar (who has waged the boldest prosecutions against white-collar drug corruption in the hemisphere) as part of his administration.
López Obrador in Televisa Interview (2:15 a.m. July 3):
"TV Azteca tried to pressure me to fire Del Villar... I repeat my invitation that he remain prosecutor in my administration."
TV Azteca Exit Poll by Covarrubias-Torres Company:
Mexico City (10 percent of national vote in this state)
Andrés Manuel López Obrador - PRD Alianza por la Ciudad de México - 34%
Santiago Creel Miranda - PAN - 31%
Jesús Silva-Herzog - PRI - 20%
Others - 4%
Morelos (1.2 percent of national vote in this state)
Sergio Estrada Cajigal - PAN/PVEM - 47%
Juan Salgado Brito - PRI - 22%
Raúl Iragorri Montoya - PRD - 12%
Guanajuato (5 percent of national vote in this state)
Juan Carlos Romero Hicks - PAN/PVEM - 50%
Juan Ignacio Torres Landa - PRI - 25%
Miguel Alonso Raya - PRD - 6%
Others - 3%
Televisa Exit Poll by Mitofsky Company
Mexico City
López Obrador - 40%
Creel - 34%
Silva-Herzog - 22%
Others - 04%
Estrada (PAN) - 57%
Salgado (PRI) - 29%
Iragorri (PRD)- 11%
Others - 03%
Romero (PAN) 58%
Torres Landa (PRI) 32%
Alonso - (PRD) 8%
Otros - (2)%

The Winners

Governor of Mexico City

Projected Winner: Andrés Lopez Obrador (PRD-Alliance for Mexico)

Governor of Morelos

Projected Winner: Sergio Estrada (PAN)

Governor of Guanajuato

Projected Winner: Juan Carlos Romero Hicks (PAN)

Back to our regular programming....

Democracy? Or Simulation?

The newly declassified truth about the US Ambassador to Mexico Jeffrey Davidow and the 1973 assassination of "Missing" journalist Charles Horman:

Davidow's current mission?

The Simulation of Democracy in América

(Tonight he and his bosses won some, but they lost some)

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