02 September 2006
State of the Union address aborted
Yesterday was supposed to be the day when President Vicente Fox delivered his last State of the Union address to the Mexican Congress: except it didn't happen. What happened was that over a 100 Deputies from the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) stormed the podium and Fox retreated to los Pinos, the presidential mansion, and delivered his speech from there to the TV cameras.
Now that the electoral court has declared that Felipe Calderon the victor in July's presidential election, the constitutional methods of preventing his swearing-in have been pretty much exhausted - hence yesterday's events in the Congress.
What happens next really depends on the PRD, and its defeated presidential candidate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The chances of him accepting the results are slim, but the word on the street is that his support is starting to decline. Mexico has a long history of political violence and instability: few Mexicans want to see their cities turned into battlefields, runs the argument, and will accept Calderon as president.
Whether this turns out to be the case or not remains to be seen.