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L.A. businessman is elected to serve in Mexican Congress

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LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles businessman apparently has become the first person living outside Mexico to be elected to the Mexican Congress.

Eddie Varon Levy, 42, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), appears to have won a congressional seat through proportional representation, though his party lost the historic July 2 presidential race.

Of the 500 seats in Mexico's Congress, 300 representatives are elected directly. Another 200 are assigned to various parties based on the percentage of votes they receive in the election for the lower house, or Chamber of Deputies.

Varon Levy was listed by the PRI on its slate of proportional candidates. He appears to be high enough on the list to receive one of the approximately 50 seats garnered by the PRI through apportionment.

His election would be confirmed once final vote results are released next week, and would take his seat when Congress convenes Sept. 1.