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  Vote on Leadership Splits Mexico's Largest Party
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Last EditedMr. Techno  Dec 04, 2003 07:27am
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News DateThursday, December 4, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionMEXICO CITY (AP) - The party that ruled Mexico for seven decades has come close to splitting apart after congressmen loyal to the party's president voted to remove their legislative leader and she refused to step aside.

The power struggle in the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is among its most serious in decades, and could swing the balance of power in Mexico's Congress. Next year's 10 gubernatorial elections and the 2006 presidential race could also be affected.

At least 118 of the PRI's 222 congressmen met Wednesday and voted to oust Elba Esther Gordillo, a friend of President Vicente Fox, as their legislative coordinator. They replaced her with former federal Interior Secretary Emilio Chuayffet.

But Gordillo refused to recognize the decision and her roughly 100 backers in Congress boycotted the meeting, which they claimed had been convened in a way that violated party regulations.
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