PRI's Peña Nieto Appears to Win Mexico's Presidential Election

Monday, July 02, 2012

Mexican presidential candidate for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Enrique Peña Nieto, celebrates after learning the first official results of the presidential election. (Yuri Cortez/Getty)

After ruling Mexico for 71 years before being ousted in 2000, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, also known as the PRI, saw a remarkable comeback on Sunday when their candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto, won the presidential election. Peña Nieto was favored to win in the race against Andrés Manuel López Orador, the leftist candidate. Also in the running was, Josefina Vázquez Mota, who hoped to become the country's first female president.

Among Peña Nieto's campaign promises were to fix the weak Mexican economy and to address the drug violence that has taken thousands of lives and left much of the country paralyzed. The BBC's Will Grant discusses the significance fo the election and what Peña Nieto's victory may mean for U.S.-Mexican relations. 

 

Guests:

Will Grant

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

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