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Mexicos governmental and political structure is very similar to that of the US Mexico has three branches of its government executive legislative and judicial In the US our three branches carry similar weight whereas in Mexico the President Executive Branch has the majority of control over the two other sectors Founded in 1929 the Intuitional Revolutionary Party PRI has been the political party has controlled Mexico for much of the 20th century PRI has controlled most of Mexicos main political offices This past year the PRI lost its first Presidential position to the National Action Party PAN with their candidate Vicente Fox Although Mexico has long had a political system dominated by one party the PRI opposition parties have existed for many decades Since the 1960s there have been two main opposition parties National Action Party PAN and the Party of the Democratic Revolution PRD which were founded on the basis of electoral reforms to have some legislative seats elected by a national vote One of the earliest opposition parties founded in 1939 was PAN it was founded by the former leaders of the PRI The focus of PAN is to have rapid political reform and a sense of integrity in government The party also believes in privatizing state-owned industries and resources while decreasing government spending on social services PAN dominates the center right of Mexicos politics In 1989 PRI party leaders left the group and founded The Party of the Democratic The party dominates the center left of Mexicos politics Much like PAN PRD also favors rapid political reform but cooperates less with the PRI than does PAN Members of the PRD criticize economics and trade reforms such as the North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA In the 1980s the PRI lost much of its popularity due to economic policies that had led to a steep decline in the standard of living of ordinary Mexicans In 1988 a PRIs
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