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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.

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.