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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.

Apr 25, 2012

Mexico starts investigation in Wal-Mart bribery case

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s federal comptroller’s office said on Wednesday it would open an investigation into allegations that the Mexican unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc bribed officials to expand its business in Mexico.

The office said it has begun checking the federal paperwork and permits Wal-Mart de Mexico, known as Walmex, obtained to open and operate its stores in Mexico.

Apr 23, 2012

Wal-Mart probe lifts lid on culture of bribery in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Whether you are the world’s No. 1 retailer or a humble street vendor, paying public officials a bribe may be the quickest way to get your business growing in Mexico.

The New York Times reported this weekend that Wal-Mart Stores Inc investigators probing its Mexican operations found a paper trail of hundreds of suspect payments worth more than $24 million made to grow its business there, and that the company then quashed the investigation.

Apr 11, 2012

Mexico’s ruling conservatives pump up attacks on rival

MEXICO CITY, April 11 (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling
conservatives have stepped up attacks on presidential
front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto in an effort to help their
struggling candidate, who is slipping back toward third place.

A new TV spot by the National Action Party, or PAN,
describing Pena Nieto as a “liar” began to circulate just as a
poll showed support for PAN contender Josefina Vazquez Mota
falling to its lowest level since the campaign began.