Jose Antonio Meade might be remembered as the best president Mexico never had. The former finance minister turned presidential candidate is known for his competence, intelligence and character, but appears to have next to no chance of winning the election Sunday. The problem? He is running for the deeply unpopular ruling party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which has been mired in a seemingly never-ending series of corruption scandals. A respected technocrat, Meade, 49, has held a series of ministerial posts in the administrations of not only current President Enrique Pena Nieto, but also former presidents Felipe Calderon and Vicente Fox of the National Action Party (PAN). This is the first time he is running for elected office. Even many Mexicans who don’t plan to vote for him say he is highly qualified for the job. But he is carrying the very heavy baggage of the outgoing administration, and lacks the natural charisma that might have made it lighter. Ironically, Meade is not actually a member of the troubled ruling party he is running for, and could hardly be more different from Pena Nieto. Where the outgoing president is suave and scripted, with handsome looks and a soap-opera star wife… Read full this story
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