Monday, May 02, 2005

Democracy in Mexico

Mexico's Fox fires attorney general to ease crisis

By Kieran Murray

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - President Vicente Fox fired his attorney general on Wednesday to try to end a crisis over legal charges that threaten to knock Mexico's most popular politician out of next year's presidential elections.

The move was a victory for Mexico City's leftist mayor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who holds a strong lead in polls for the elections but would be blocked from running if found guilty in the case.

Under intense pressure, Fox fired Rafael Macedo, the attorney general who led the campaign to put Lopez Obrador on trial for contempt of court charges in a land dispute.

"My government will prevent no one from participating in the next federal election race," Fox said in a national television and radio address...

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