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Peña Nieto confirmed as president-elect; takes office December first

Saturday, September 1st 2012 - 06:56 UTC
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Hopefully Peña Nieto will be leading an updated PRI, the party that has dominated Mexican politics for the last hundred years Hopefully Peña Nieto will be leading an updated PRI, the party that has dominated Mexican politics for the last hundred years

Mexico's electoral tribunal officially named Enrique Peña Nieto as president-elect on Friday, ending a drawn-out dispute over the results of the July election.

The 46-year-old former State of Mexico governor will be sworn in on December first and return the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to power after 12 years in opposition.

The electoral tribunal on Thursday threw out a bid by populist runner-up Andrés Manuel López Obrador to annul the vote result after he accused the PRI of vote buying and money laundering.

The declaration clears the way for Peña Nieto to forge deals in Congress over economic reforms needed to revitalize growth in Latin America's second-largest economy.

With Peña Nieto returns (hopefully) a refurbished and rejuvenated PRI, which had dominated Mexican politics, as an almost only party system, for over seven decades until defeated in 2000 by Vicente Fox and the conservative pro-business PAN.

Six years later PAN repeated with Felipe Calderón with a minimum difference, and at the time runner up Lopez Obrador also challenged the electoral result and organized protests for months even after Calderon took office.

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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  • British_Kirchnerist

    Predictable, I suppose. That doesn't make it right, of course...

    Sep 01st, 2012 - 02:55 pm 0
  • Elena

    true :( , but then PRD didn´t present evidence correctly or at least at the standars court required of them and they knew it, my hope is that now PRD, PAN and even PRI will be presured into cooperating to pass reforms, there will be some sort of equilibrium, of course public pressure can´t hurt if its well focused into making official and well founded solicitations.

    Also, this is a generational thing, in 2018 there will be more young adults elegible for voting that dont like PRI in the least and maybe will be more knowing in the way the other partys act, IMO we are in a transitional fase, the different political forces are learning how to interact between each other, and congress space of agreetments and conflicts are a infinitely better space to do that than out of it, and really, most ppl are seeing this, so they will focus more on the differents partys palpable RESULTS than in their name, color or supposed principles, as it should be IMO.

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 01:13 am 0
  • aussie sunshine

    Will this make a difference to the ordinary Mexican?? I think not!!

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 01:57 pm 0
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