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Mexico's political left unable to derail Pemex legislation
Mexico's political left unable to derail Pemex legislation

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's leftist politicians have watched hopelessly in recent days as a center-right coalition secured passage of a sweeping energy reform bill that will allow foreigners to drill for oil on Mexican territory for the first time in several decades. It was a move that once would have been unthinkable in a country that still celebrates the 1938 nationalization of the oil industry with a national holiday. And it remains a sore topic for many Mexicans: In a nationwide poll released in June, 65% said they opposed opening Pemex, the state-run oil company, to private investment. The failure of Mexico's leftist leaders to capitalize on that sentiment is the latest...

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