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August 3, 2006 3:00 AM

Mexico's Calderon faces pressure to roll back NAFTA

Felipe Calderons contested, razor-thin victory in Mexicos presidential election last month is likely to force his attention toward the underdeveloped south, where poor farmers want to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. The treaty with the United States and Canada took effect in 1994, but delayed complete free trade in the most politically sensitive farm products until 2007 and 2008. These include sugar and orange juice imports into the U.S. market and corn and beans into Mexico. Leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whos mounted a legal challenge to overturn the July 2 election results, promised on the campaign trail to renegotiate NAFTAs agricultural provisions with an eye toward protecting homegrown corn and beans.

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