Mexico’s Presidential Win Raises Concerns

    Enrique Pena Nieto, presidential candidate for the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI), greets supporters at his party's headquarters in Mexico City, early Monday, July 2, 2012. Mexico's old guard sailed back into power after a 12-year hiatus Sunday as the official preliminary vote count handed a victory to Pena Nieto, whose party was long accused of ruling the country through corruption and patronage. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

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    Mexico’s presidential elections resulted in the apparent return to power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled the country for more than 70 years before being ousted by the conservative National Action Party in 2000. Though as of Sunday night PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto was in the lead with between 37.93 percent and 38.55 percent of the vote, his closest competitor, leftist candidate Andres Manual Lopez Obrador refused to concede. “The last word has yet to be said,” the former Mexico City mayor insisted late Sunday night. Despite immediate concerns over PRI’s history of corruption and authoritarian ruling style, Peña Nieto told reporters: “We are a new generation. There is no return to the past. My government will have its vision based in the future.” The votes will be officially counted on Wednesday.

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