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Oct 29, 2012

Mexican city battered by drug gangs feels lure of truce

TORREON, Mexico (Reuters) – In a five-year struggle with Mexico’s most notorious drug cartel, the city of Torreon has suffered a 16-fold increase in murders, fired its police department and lost control of its main prison to the gang.

The Zetas cartel arrived in Torreon in mid-2007, and this center of manufacturing, mining and farming once seen as a model for progress has become one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities.

Oct 2, 2012

Analysis: Mexican labor reform signals battles ahead for Pena Nieto

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – By the time Mexico’s president-elect, Enrique Pena Nieto, takes office in December, he will almost certainly have a labor reform law on the books and one less battle to fight with skeptics inside his party.

But plenty more skirmishes await as the youthful Pena Nieto, 46, faces a showdown with traditionalists in his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), commonly dubbed “dinosaurs.”

Sep 14, 2012

Mexico’s Pena Nieto eyes trade, security ties in Latin America

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s incoming President Enrique Pena Nieto will tour Latin America next week seeking to pave the way for deeper cooperation in the fight against drug gangs and stronger trade ties.

In his first major trip since Mexico’s electoral tribunal confirmed him as president elect, Pena Nieto is to hold talks with leaders in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and Chile after beginning his week’s travels in neighboring Guatemala.

Sep 13, 2012

Mexico City mayor seeks to unite left after split

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard is trying to rally Mexico’s left behind him after rival Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would break with the established parties following his defeat in July’s presidential election.

Lopez Obrador led a three-party leftist alliance to second place in the election, but on Sunday he told a massive crowd in Mexico City he would form a new political group, potentially opening up a serious rift in the left.

Jul 13, 2012

Analysis: Mexican political minnows hold big cards in new Congress

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Throughout Mexico’s election campaign, the party that held the country in an iron grip for most of the 20th century was tipped to recapture the presidency by storm and take control of Congress.

In the end, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, fell short of a legislative majority and it may now have to lean heavily on two fringe parties to pass reforms.

Jul 6, 2012

Analysis: Combative leader a mixed blessing for Mexico’s Left

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Time and again, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has proven that Mexico’s left-wing parties cannot compete without him. But after his defeat in Sunday’s presidential election, they may not be able to prosper with him either.

The most successful Mexican leftist in a generation has taken his followers to within sight of power in the last two presidential elections – only to fall short, reject the results and end up in a defiant stand-off with rivals.

Jul 2, 2012

Enrique Pena Nieto, the new face of Mexico’s old rulers

MEXICO CITY, July 2 (Reuters) – The smooth, boyish features,
crisp white shirts and slick black hair parted perfectly from
the left finally broke the spell that had frozen Mexico’s old
rulers out of office.

Only a hint of gray at the temples betrays signs of age in
Enrique Pena Nieto, the man who brought the Institutional
Revolutionary Party (PRI) back in from the cold.

Jul 2, 2012

Mexico’s old rulers claim presidential election victory

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s old rulers claimed victory in a presidential election on Sunday, ending 12 years in opposition after a campaign dominated by a sputtering economy and rampant drug violence.

After pledging to restore order and ramp up economic growth, Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) had a clear lead over his rivals in exit polls and a “quick count” conducted by electoral authorities.

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.