Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, April 02, 2012

Who is tapping whose phone?

A day before the campaigning officially began, one of the candidates for the Mexican presidency began defending herself.

A leaked tape is an early twist in Mexico's presidential race
A voice thought to be that of Josefina Vazquez Mota, the conservative National Action Party (PAN) standard-bearer and first female candidate from a major political party, is heard in a leaked phone call suggesting that federal police chief Genaro Garcia Luna taps her phones but doesn't monitor those of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the world's most-wanted drug lord.

The accusation that the federal government protects Guzman has dogged the incumbent president from her party, Felipe Calderon, for years. His government denies the charge…

In a statement Tuesday, Vazquez Mota's campaign accused the country's resurgent former ruling party of spying on her.

“The Institutional Revolutionary Party has routinely carried out these types of practices,” said the statement from the PAN headquarters. The former ruling party, known as PRI, denied the charge Tuesday…

Mexico's 2012 presidential campaign officially [began] Friday, when the four presidential candidates' campaign messages [began] bombarding voters on airwaves and billboards.

The vote is July 1.

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