Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s approval rating has risen slightly to 54 percent, despite setbacks in the drug war.
Instead of praise, Mexican President Felipe Calderón has come under criticism in the press and even from an ex-president over the resignation of the US ambassador.
The tenure of President Felipe Calderón, who is preparing to give his fourth state of the union address, has been marked by the brutal Mexico drug war and political infighting that's stymied reform.
On July 4, Mexico holds elections for governorships in 12 states. Some polls show that the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) – which ruled Mexico for seven decades – could win every state. Could Mexico's drug war unseat President Felipe Calderón and put the PRI back in power?
Conservative President Felipe Calderón touted success in the war on drug-trafficking and launched a new 10-point reform plan in his state-of-the-nation speech Wednesday.
Jose Manuel Revuelta was gunned down in public Thursday in the state of Michoacan, while 17 others died in another apparently drug-related attack in Ciudad Juarez.
The US recession and the swine flu outbreak have delivered a one-two punch to Mexico's sources of revenue, threatening gains against poverty made in the past two decades.
Tens of thousands protested drug violence this weekend. Many blame the president.
The Party of the Democratic Revolution vote Sunday could affirm his aggressive tactics or choose a new leader.