Mexico ruling party chief resigns after vote drubbing


MEXICO CITY: The head of Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Manlio Fabio Beltrones, resigned on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) in the wake of its historic defeat in gubernatorial elections this month. President Enrique Pena Nieto’s PRI came into the June 5 elections holding nine of 12 governors’ seats at play, out of 32 federal entities. But it won in just five states and lost its grip on four that it had controlled for decades — a result that analysts saw as a punishment by voters fed up with corruption and drug violence.



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