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Resource ID: #16994
Subject: Agriculture
Source: Wall Street Journal (New York)
Date: 30-Nov-00


Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, coddled the Mexican sugar-cane industry, using it as a massive rural vote-buying machine. Now that the PRI is out of power, Mexico's sugar-cane industry, one of the underpinnings of the Mexican economy, is crumbling under billions in debt. Rural peasant unions are threatening to rise up against Mexico's new president, Vicente Fox Quesada.

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