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Jul 10, 2012

Analysis: Mexico ruling party seeks new direction after election debacle

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s conservative National Action Party made history when it swept to power in 2000, ending 71 years of one-party rule. But it now faces an identity crisis after a punishing presidential election defeat.

Josefina Vazquez Mota, the PAN’s candidate, came in a distant third with just 25.4 percent of the vote on July 1, and the party will have far fewer seats in Congress.

Jul 5, 2012

Final Mexican results confirming Pena Nieto win

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto was a clear victor in Sunday’s presidential election, according to a second tally of votes made after the runner-up refused to accept defeat.

With 97 percent of polling stations counted by Thursday afternoon, Pena Nieto held 38.3 percent of the vote, nearly 7 points ahead of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Jul 3, 2012

Mexico’s new president will need outgoing party for reforms

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, won a return to power at the weekend but will have to make deals with its defeated adversaries to push major economic reforms through Congress.

President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto plans to fire up Mexico’s lumbering economy by loosening labor laws, overhauling the weak tax system and opening up state oil monopoly Pemex to more private investment.

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 2, 2012

Mexico’s old rulers claim presidential election win

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican opposition candidate Enrique Pena Nieto’s campaign team claimed victory in the country’s presidential election on Sunday after exit polls showed him winning by a comfortable margin.

Pena Nieto, 45, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), led by between 8 and 11 percentage points in exit polls published by three of Mexico’s main television networks after voting ended on Sunday night.

Jul 1, 2012

Mexican election could return longtime ruling party to power

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) – The party that ruled Mexico for most of the past century looked set for a comeback on Sunday as voters chose a new president, seeking an end to a brutal drug war and weak economic growth that have worn 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 29, 2012

Mexican election watchdog under pressure in Sunday’s vote

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico, a country long synonymous with vote-rigging, is better equipped than ever to prevent fraud in Sunday’s national elections, according to experts, but voters still have grave doubts.

The Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) will oversee the presidential vote that polls suggest will be won by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), whose frequently tainted elections helped it maintain power from 1929 to 2000.

Jun 28, 2012

Mexico’s Pena Nieto wraps up campaign with victory near

TOLUCA, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico’s presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto scented victory as he wrapped up his campaign on Wednesday with polls showing he should easily win the weekend election and put the country’s old rulers back in power.

Voters elect a new president on Sunday and many are eager for the next government to fire up an underperforming economy and end rampant violence by drug gangs, sore points that have eroded confidence in the ruling National Action Party, or PAN.

Jun 27, 2012

Mexico’s Pena Nieto promises jobs, has big poll lead

TOLUCA, Mexico (Reuters) – Presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto pledged to create more jobs and restore order in Mexico as he wrapped up his campaign on Wednesday, with opinion polls showing him winning Sunday’s election by a wide margin.

Mexico will elect a new president amid growing demands for an end to the grisly violence of its drug war and a stronger economy, two issues that have eroded confidence in the ruling National Action Party, or PAN.

Jun 26, 2012

Analysis: Mexican ruling party faces defeat but may back reforms

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling party faces heavy defeat at a presidential election on Sunday and already is preparing for life in the opposition, where it could help pass economic reforms that it was unable to push through in power.

The conservative National Action Party, or PAN, ushered in a new era in Mexican democracy in a 2000 election that broke the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s (PRI) 71-year grip on power and raised high hopes of change.

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      "I cover commodities and general news in Mexico and Central America and as part of the team in Latin America reported on the outbreak of swine flu, a coup in Honduras and the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Before Mexico, I was based in Guatemala for two years."
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