In the nature and the suffering of what may be his impending death, Hugo Chavez will probably achieve the immortality in human memory that he has always sought, the certainty of a veneration reserved for saints, martyrs and redeemers.
Enrique Pena Nieto rode a wave of discontent with Mexico’s ruling party to win the presidency. Now he must master his own party and a divided legislature to deliver on pledges to reduce drug violence, boost wages and break a state monopoly on oil.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was opposed by Mexico’s business community in 2006 when he lost the presidential election by less than a percentage point. He’s trying to claw his way back into contention in this year’s race by wooing his old critics.