Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto 'Wins' Presidential Election, Early Results Show

Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto 'Wins' Presidential Election, Early Results Show

Mexico City : Mexico | Jul 02, 2012 at 5:16 AM PDT
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Josefina Vázquez Mota, Andrés Manuel López Obrador y Enrique Peña Nieto. Quiénes son?

Mexicans have backed the old ruling party the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which ran the country for seven decades until 2000,claimed back power on Sunday after early official results indicate victory to Enrique Pena Nieto, whose party was long accused of ruling the country through corruption and patronage. CNN reports

leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), had 31 percent he was the nearst rival to Pena Nieto's , Obrador, refused to concede, saying he would wait for a full count

According to The Federal Electoral Institute's representative count , Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, won about 38 percent of the vote,Lopez Obrador of the Democratic Revolution Party had 31 percent and Josefina Vazquez Mota of the ruling National Action Party had about 25 per cent

Pena Nieto ,saying "there's no return to the past." He pledged to practice "a new way of governing," within boundaries of democracy. "I'm going to honour your trust, and I'm going to deliver for all of Mexico," he said."Our party has gotten a second chance, and we're going to honour it with results." According to AFP

Peña Nieto, the charismatic 45-year-old former governor likely to benefit from a legislative majority that no Mexican government has enjoyed for 15 years among residents of his home state and party loyalists nationwide his campaign platform included plans to stop the rise in food prices, promote energy reform, give social security to all Mexicans and reduce violence nationwide. While 46 percent of Mexicans, or 52 million people, live in poverty and aslo suffers from violence by its powerful drug cartels. More than 50,000 people are estimated to have been killed in organised crime violence since 2006

Sunday's election was the biggest in Mexican history more than 49 million Mexicans voted, 62% of the registered voters selecting a new president, according to Mexican law limits presidents to one six-year term while in the previous presidential election in 2006, Calderon beat Lopez Obrador by 0.56 percentage points

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Enrique Pena Nieto, presidential candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), casts his vote in Atlacomulco
Enrique Pena Nieto, presidential candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), casts his vote in Atlacomulco
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