Opposition party wins nine Mexican governorships

11:01, July 06, 2010      

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Mexico's largest opposition party, the Institutional Revolution Party (PRI), won nine out of the 12 governorships in Sunday's local elections, the regional electoral authorities said on Monday.

According to preliminary results published by the regions, the PRI led in the states of Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Durango, Hidalgo, Quintana Roo, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz and Zacatecas. The National Action Party (PAN), which holds the presidency, won Oaxaca, Sinaloa and Puebla.

The states of Chiapas and Baja California held municipal elections but did not choose a governor.

Sunday's election chose 1,533 mayors and 508 regional legislators across participating states. The elections cover around 30 million of Mexico's 77 million registered voters.

Although mostly peaceful, the election was marred by outbreaks of violence.

The deadliest incident was in Tamaulipas last Monday, when gunmen shot dead PRI gubernatorial candidate Rodolfo Torre Cantu and three of his campaign staff.

His brother stepped in two days before polling and carried the gubernatorial race.

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