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Colima (state)

''Colima is the name of a city and a state in Mexico. This article is about the state. For the city, see: Colima.


Other Mexican States
Other major cities
Area5.191 km²
Ranked 29th
(2000 census)
Ranked 31st
GovernorGustavo Vázquez Montes (PRI)
Federal Deputies (2)
PRI = 1
PAN = 1
Federal SenatorsPAN = 2
PRI = 1
ISO 3166-2
Postal abbr.

Colima is a state in western Mexico. It shares its name with its capital and main city, Colima.

Colima is a small state, bordering the Mexican states of Jalisco to the north and west, and Michoacán to the south. To the west Colima borders the Pacific Ocean. In addition to the capital city of Colima, the state's main cities include Manzanillo and Tecomán. The state has an area of 5,455 square km, with an estimated population in 2003 of about 571,000 people.

2003 gubernatorial election

An election for governor was held on 6 July 2003, simultaneously with federal congressional midterm elections. Gustavo Vázquez Montes, of the PRI, was initially declared the winner, with 83,995 votes; second place went to the PAN with 69,180, with the PRD in third place with 32,042.

Following accusations of irregularities, the gubernatorial result was declared void by the state electoral authorities and an extraordinary election was held on 7 December 2003. Meanwhile, Carlos Flores Dueñas of the PRI served as interim governor.

Two candidates stood in the extraordinary election: Gustavo Vázquez Montes, representing an alliance of the PRI, PT, and PVEM), and Antonio Morales de la Peña of the PAN standing as the Alianza Todos por Colima candidate (an unusual combination of PAN and PRD, and the local ADC party).

The state electoral institute declared Vázquez Montes the winner and he was sworn in on December 31, 2003.

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