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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.

Jun 20, 2012

Mexico front-runner cements lead as vote nears

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – With less than two weeks to go until Mexico’s presidential election, front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto has consolidated his lead over his closest rival, new polls showed on Tuesday, strengthening predictions he will sail to victory on July 1.

A poll in the Reforma newspaper showed Pena Nieto’s lead climbing four percentage points to 42 percent while support for leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador fell by four points to 30 percent.

Jun 19, 2012

Mexican opinion poll shows Pena Nieto extending lead

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto has widened his lead over leftist rival Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with less than two weeks to go until a July 1 election, according to a poll by the Reforma newspaper published on Tuesday.

The previous poll from the newspaper on May 31 showed only a 4 percent gap between the two candidates, raising questions about a closer-than-expected race.

Jun 16, 2012

Storm Carlotta weakens over Mexico’s Pacific coast, two dead

ACAPULCO, Mexico, June 16 (Reuters) – Hurricane Carlotta
weakened into a tropical storm on Saturday after battering
Mexico’s Pacific coast and killing at least two children when
their house collapsed in a landslide.

The government of Mexico lifted the hurricane warning from
Salina Cruz to Acapulco after Carlotta made landfall in the
southern state of Oaxaca on Friday, dumping rain on mountainous
villages along the coast.

Jun 16, 2012

Hurricane Carlotta reaches Mexico’s Pacific coast

ACAPULCO, Mexico (Reuters) – Hurricane Carlotta made landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast near the southern city of Puerto Escondido late on Friday, unleashing heavy rain and gusts of winds as far as the resort city of Acapulco, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Carlotta, the third named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, had escalated throughout the afternoon into a Category 2 hurricane but weakened into Category 1 storm as it hit coastal mountains in the state of Oaxaca.

Jun 15, 2012

Hurricane Carlotta strengthens off Mexico Pacific coast

ACAPULCO, Mexico (Reuters) – Hurricane Carlotta formed in the Pacific on Friday and strengthened quickly on a path headed to Mexico’s southern coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Carlotta, the third named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, had maximum winds of nearly 85 mph (137 kmh) with higher gusts. It was about 90 miles south-southeast of Puerto Angel and about 285 miles southeast of the tourist city of Acapulco at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT).

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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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