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Mexico's ruling political party chooses woman to run for president

February 7, 2012

The National Action Party (PAN) recently announced their choice for the presidential candidacy in the nation's upcoming elections - a woman. CNN reports that former congresswoman Josefina Vazquez Mota is the first woman to be chosen by one of the three leading political parties to run for office, and if elected, would be the first female leader of Mexico.

"I do not want to be president because I am a woman," Vazquez Mota told CNN en Espanol last year. "Being a woman is important, but it's not the most important. I want to be president because we have the talent and the platform and the vision of Mexico that we want for all Mexicans, not only for a select few."

The 51-year-old economist is conservative enough to represent the PAN, but she is also liberal enough to potentially gain a lot of the independent voters' support, according to CBS News.

Those working or studying outside the country can use international calling cards to make calls to Mexico and discuss the upcoming elections with their friends and family. If Vazquez Mota is elected, the victory would be a major milestone for Mexican women.

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