Enrique Pena Nieto wins Mexico’s presidency according to preliminary count. Mexicans were also electing a new congress and some state governors.
Enrique Pena Nieto, the new face of the party that governed Mexico for seventy years, had a commanding lead in Mexico’s presidential election, according to first official results by the electoral office. The Federal Electoral Institute’s representative count confirmed that Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto – the candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), had about 38 per cent of the vote against 32 per cent for his nearest contestant, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and Josefina Vazquez Mota of the ruling National Action Party had about 25 per cent.
The 45-year-old Pena Nieto said that there is no return to the past for the Mexican and he has thanked all citizens they have given his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) a second chance and he promised to deliver results.
Enrique Pena Nieto, top candidate for the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) has won the presidental election in Mexico
The new president Pena Nieto who is married to a soap opera star Angelica Rivera, promised a government that would be democratic, modern and open to criticism. He attested to fight organised crime and said there would be no pacts with criminals. But violence continued in the days before Sunday’s vote. Guerrero state police in Mexico informed in the Pacific beach resort of Acapulco, one of the cities most affected by the drug war, 4 people were killed one day before vote, 2 of them tortured and beheaded – it was a clear hallmark of drug-related killings.
At the Revolutionary Institutional Party headquarters in Mexico City, a party atmosphere broke out with supporters in red dancing to the music. There were multitude of reasons to celebrate. The party also occurred likely to retrieve at least one of the two houses of Congress and some governorships.
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Almost eighty million Mexicans were eligible to cast their ballots at the weekend. The officials says the voting was largely peaceful, but reported some primordial problems as a number of stations opened later than scheduled. With almost half the Mexican population living in poorness, the economy was one of the major issues in the campaign this year. One of the Mexican voters has told : ‘ Everything has been very good. But people aren’t very motivated to vote, perhaps because the candidates make so many promises but we’re always worse off. ‘
Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto has called himself as a pragmatic economic moderate in the tradition of the last 3 Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) presidents. Pena Nieto called also for greater private investment in Mexico’s state-controlled oil industry, and has has said he will try to reduce violence by attacking crimes that hurt ordinary citizens while deemphasizing the pursuit of drug kingpins.
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All of the parties were accusing rivals of emulating the traditional PRI tactic of offering voters money, food or benefits in return for votes. Lopez Obrador’s party has told Pena Nieto’s campaign has handed supporters prepaid money cards worth nearly 5,2 million dollars. Enrique Pena Nieto has been dogged by allegations that he overspent his 330 million dollars campaign funding limit and has received profitable overlay from Mexico’s television Televisa.
The Mexican Institute said for the first time, nearly 80 million people were registered to vote, according to election authorities. Among them are 3,5 million young people who will be casting their first vote. Mexicans were also electing 5 hundred deputies, more than 120 senators, 6 state governors, the head of government in the Federal District (which includes Mexico City) and local governments.