Mexico throws out the old regime

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There's a heady sense of history in the making now that Vicente Fox has ended 71 years of rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, the PRI. Fox, of the National Action Party, the PAN, wasted little time outlining his plans for the transition, helped by pledges of cooperation from outgoing Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo. Fox says he'll overhaul law enforcement and work with the U.S. on immigration and drug issues. He plans to meet soon with Bill Clinton, Al Gore and George Bush. But for all the excitement, real questions remain about Fox-s agenda when he takes office December 1. Mexicans wanted change, and change they got, but now, analysts say, its time to spell out what that means. And how will Mexico and the deposed PRI adopt to the give and take of a mature democracy?



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton