Enrique Peña Nieto Elected President of Mexico

Enrique Peña Nieto Elected President of Mexico

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Enrique Peña Nieto Elected President of Mexico PR Newswire MEXICO CITY, July 2, 2012 - Calls for National Unity to Adopt Needed Reforms MEXICO CITY, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Marking an important generational shift in Mexican leadership, 49 million Mexicans voted Sunday to elect Enrique Peña Nieto as the 89th President of Mexico. According to Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute Peña Nieto, the 45-year-old former Governor of the State of Mexico, will garner about 38 percent of the votes cast, approximately seven percent higher than the second place finisher. He will take office December 1, 2012. Peña Nieto's victory sets the course for a new direction for the future of Mexico. The president-elect built his campaign on an aggressive and highly detailed set of 255 national and regional "commitments" on which he has pledged to deliver. It is this style of public accountability and transparency that has positioned him as a staunch departure from the past reputation of his party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (commonly known as the PRI). In his victory speech, President-elect Peña Nieto stressed the importance of ending the political polarization in Mexico that has prevented the adoption of critical reforms; continuing the fight against drug trafficking and violence; and promoting economic growth policies that help alleviate poverty in the country.

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Enrique Peña Nieto Elected President of
Mexico
PR Newswire
MEXICO CITY, July 2, 2012
- Calls for National Unity to Adopt Needed Reforms
MEXICO CITY
,
July 2, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Marking an important generational
shift in Mexican leadership, 49 million Mexicans voted Sunday to elect Enrique
Peña Nieto as the 89th President of
Mexico
. According to
Mexico
's Federal
Electoral Institute Peña Nieto, the 45-year-old former Governor of the
State of
Mexico
, will garner about 38 percent of the votes cast, approximately seven
percent higher than the second place finisher. He will take office
December 1,
2012
.
Peña Nieto's victory sets the course for a new direction for the future of
Mexico
. The president-elect built his campaign on an aggressive and highly
detailed set of 255 national and regional "commitments" on which he has
pledged to deliver. It is this style of public accountability and transparency that
has positioned him as a staunch departure from the past reputation of his
party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (commonly known as the PRI).
In his victory speech, President-elect Peña Nieto stressed the importance of
ending the political polarization in
Mexico
that has prevented the adoption of
critical reforms; continuing the fight against drug trafficking and violence; and
promoting economic growth policies that help alleviate poverty in the country.
Below are translated excerpts from his victory speech, delivered early Monday
morning:
"I will lead a democratic presidency that understands the changes the country has
experienced over the last decades, and acts according to the new democratic realities
that we enjoy today. A full democracy bursting with personal liberties and social
participation. I will lead a modern and responsible presidency, open to criticisms,
always ready to listen and one that will take all Mexicans into account."
"...I reiterate what I have already said in this very hall during the campaign; whoever
does not show a firm commitment to democracy, personal liberties and transparency,
has no place in this project to transform Mexico. We are a new generation. We will not
return to the past. My government will have its eyes set on the future. Mexico has
already changed."
"We will build the results-driven democracy that Mexicans deserve, starting with an
effective, honest, transparent and accountable government. A government that fights
corruption head-on. A democratic government is a government that strictly observes and
ensures the rule of law."
"The fight against crime will continue. Yes, with a new strategy to reduce violence and
protect, above all, the lives of Mexicans. In the face of organized crime, there will be
neither negotiation nor truce."
"We need to promote a renewed free-market economy, but one with a social purpose.
An economy that creates more jobs and better distributes wealth, to combat the poverty
and inequality that still today affect millions of Mexican families."
Peña Nieto has been particularly outspoken about his priorities for economic
growth, job creation and poverty alleviation across
Mexico
. He has promised to
return much needed attention to social issues gone largely unaddressed in
recent years, including a commitment to dramatically increasing high school
completion rates and generating more than a million jobs a year through
greater economic competition and investments in infrastructure.
In addition, he has pledged to continue the fight against organized crime and
drug trafficking that have riddled
Mexico
in recent years. To ensure his success,
Peña Nieto has tapped recently retired Colombian Police Chief, General Oscar
Naranjo, to serve as an advisor on an assertive array of crime-fighting
measures. General Naranjo, decorated as one of the "world's leading crime
fighters" by law enforcement agencies around the globe, will be a valuable
resource in advising how to strengthen our enforcement and improve
cooperation with other countries.
Moreover, Peña Nieto has vowed to regain
Mexico
's foreign policy leadership in
Latin American and to continue to foster strong ties with its North American
neighbors,
the United States
and
Canada
. This includes growing NAFTA beyond
a trade zone and integrating economies through greater investments in
manufacturing and finance. He has also affirmed his intention to pursue more
economic opportunities and integration with
Asia
and the European Union so as
to diversity
Mexico
's economy.
Peña Nieto's election by such a significant margin represents a generational
shift and clear departure from the old notions of the PRI. He has surrounded
himself with a cadre of young technocrats who have brought a wealth of
innovative ideas, a forward-looking vision, and a new direction. Even prominent
political leaders like former President Vicente Fox – a member of an opposing
party – have advocated that the country support Peña Nieto.