Finance Minster Jose Lopez Portillo has surprisingly emerged as the man almost certain to become the next President of Mexico.
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Background: Finance Minster Jose Lopez Portillo has surprisingly emerged as the man almost certain to become the next President of Mexico.
President Luis Echeverria's term expires in December 1976 and he had the final world on picking Senor Lopez, who is a 55-year-old university teacher with only two years cabinet experience.
Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party has held power for forty years. The party usually polls about 80 per cent of the vote so as official PRI candidates Senor Lopez looks certain of victory.
Senor Lopez' candidacy has been made known in public statements of support by the Labour Congress, which controls 90 per cent of Mexico's trade union -- and other major sectors of the PRI.
Mexico's President are in effect a self perpetuating dynasty as the PRI has never lost an election. During the single six year term of office the President's power is total so the internal struggle for the position is intense and personal.
The PRI embraces a wide range of political opinion. Senor Lopez is regarded as a moderate without strong affiliations to either the right or left wings of the party. It is believed this may have helped him beat his main rival, right-wing Interior Minister Mario Moya, but there are signs of a move to the left with the instalment since Senor Lopez' candidacy of radical Labour Minister Porfiro Munoz as President of the party.
Visnews has an exclusive interview with Senor Lopez during the celebrations after his candidacy was announced. He revealed that he will probably follow President Echeverria's policies when he said that in both home and foreign affairs he would pursue the lines which have given Mexico such strength in the past.
The interview with Senor Lopez is on film. It is in Spanish. some of his remarks appear in the commentary overleaf.