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This is election season in Mexico with the presidential election coming up fast. Felipe Calderón Hinojosa (PAN) is currently president.  He recently took a trip to Yucatan and was accompanied by our governor of Yucatan, Ivonne Ortega Pacheco (PRI), to Maxcanu to inaugurate two big projects:

1) the completion of highway widening and improvements from Merida to Campeche costing over 1 billion pesos.  “The president said it is very important to provide opportunities and employment to citizens, as this strengthens the social fabric and prevents society from being vulnerable to the presence of organized crime.” translated by me from SIPSE — sounds like the Democratic Party in the USA, not the “conservative” party, but the PAN is generally known as one of Mexico’s more conservative parties. 

2) the construction of a technological university: Universidad Tecnológica del Poniente in Maxcanu, which is scheduled to be completed in September of this year.

And here, in this election season, is what you don’t see everyday:

The PAN helping the PRI!  🙂

Calderon helps the governor down the steps of a Mexican Air Force helicopter which delivered both of them to Maxcanu.  (click on the photo for more pics)

So, great news for Yucatan:  a new highway project is completed and a new university will be opening.  And, for the moment, the PAN and the PRI were getting along swimmingly, celebrating their successes.

Calderon also said his term will be known as the “Presidency of Infrastructure” because he had invested more in highway and road projects than the previous two presidencies combined.  (In Mexico, each presidential term is six years and re-election is prohibited. One shot only to make your mark.)

I wonder if history is going to agree and use the label “Presidency of Infrastructure” or something else?

Like all presidencies, US and Mexican, I guess we’ll have to wait and see how history looks back, 20, 30, 40 or more years from now.

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