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Jul 1, 2012

In Mexico vote, comeback beckons for old rulers

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico’s old rulers were on track for a comeback as voters chose a new president on Sunday, after a grisly war with drug cartels and a sluggish economy wore down the ruling conservatives.

Twelve years after the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) lost power, opinion polls showed its candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto, heading into the vote with a double-digit lead over his opponents.

Jun 19, 2012

Mexico’s old rulers bounce back as new start beckons

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Reuters) – Watching democrats, dictators and revolutionaries come and go across Latin America while Communism and Fascism waxed and waned in Europe, Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party took a firm hold on power that lasted 71 years.

Once a socialist grouping that nationalized the oil industry and gave land to peasants, the party known as the PRI later swung to the right, privatizing much of the economy and forcing through free market reforms and ambitious trade deals.

Jun 18, 2012

Mexico’s Pena Nieto keeps wide lead in race: polls

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto has maintained a wide lead over his rivals with only two weeks remaining until the July 1 election, an opinion poll showed early on Monday.

The survey by polling firm Buendia & Laredo for the El Universal newspaper showed Pena Nieto, the candidate of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) with 37.0 percent support, a dip of 0.8 percentage points from a June 4 poll.

Jun 10, 2012

Final Mexican debate to test Pena Nieto’s mettle

MEXICO CITY, June 10 (Reuters) – Mexico’s presidential
contenders lock horns for a final televised debate on Sunday
night with front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto under rising pressure
from student-led opposition.

Pena Nieto, candidate of the opposition Institutional
Revolutionary Party (PRI), has led polls for the July 1 election
for over two years, but in the past month the race has tightened
due to growing misgivings about the possible return of the PRI.

Jun 1, 2012

Mexico’s Pena Nieto feels the heat with finish in sight

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Two months before Mexico’s presidential election, Enrique Pena Nieto was strolling to victory. But with just a month to go, he may suddenly have a race on his hands.

Long dormant opposition to Pena Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has welled up over the past three weeks to throw the result of the July 1 election into some doubt, raising the risk of yet another government with no majority in Congress.

May 24, 2012

Mexico’s PRI eyes jump-start to reforms if victorious-aide

MEXICO CITY, May 23, (Reuters) – Mexico’s main opposition
faction hopes to secure support for energy, fiscal and labor
market reforms by December if its candidate who is well ahead in
the polls wins the presidency, a senior official in the
Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) said on Wednesday.

Enrique Pena Nieto of the PRI is strong favorite to win the
July 1 presidential election, and he has pledged to overhaul the
Mexican economy in pursuit of annual growth of around 6 percent.

May 8, 2012

Slim seeks to expand empire into ailing Europe

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A multibillion dollar offer by Mexico’s Carlos Slim to raise his stake in a Dutch telecoms firm may mark the start of a push to expand his reach into Europe, where a debt crisis is opening up opportunities for the world’s richest man.

Slim’s principal cash cow, telecoms group America Movil, said on Monday it aimed to buy up to 28 percent of Dutch company KPN, to give the Mexican a base for future expansion in Europe.

May 7, 2012

Mexico’s Pena Nieto draws fire but survives debate

MEXICO CITY, May 6 (Reuters) – Mexico’s presidential
front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto was forced onto the defensive on
Sunday by his rivals who accused him of corruption, lies and
being a pawn of the media during televised election debate.

Pena Nieto, of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary
Party (PRI), has led opinion polls for months and his two main
opponents repeatedly turned on the 45-year-old, albeit without
airing any new accusations against him or his party.

May 6, 2012

Mexico presidential debate puts Pena Nieto in rivals’ sights

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s presidential hopefuls square off in a televised debate on Sunday with the trailing candidates seeking to land heavy blows against hot favorite Enrique Pena Nieto to spoil his chances of victory in the July 1 election.

Polls show Pena Nieto, of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), is heading for a comfortable victory, and could capture as many votes as his two main rivals combined.

May 6, 2012

Mexico presidential debate puts Pena Nieto in rivals’ sights

MEXICO CITY, May 6 (Reuters) – Mexico’s presidential
hopefuls square off in a televised debate on Sunday with the
trailing candidates seeking to land heavy blows against hot
favorite Enrique Pena Nieto to spoil his chances of victory in
the July 1 election.

Polls show Pena Nieto, of the opposition Institutional
Revolutionary Party (PRI), is heading for a comfortable victory,
and could capture as many votes as his two main rivals combined.