Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Enrique Peña Nieto

Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Enrique Peña Nieto

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Mexico's new president was elected in July. But somehow Enrique Peña Nieto feels like a figure from the country's murky past. This is partly because telegenic Nieto is the leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that ruled Mexico for some 71 years, which were filled with fraud, corruption and human rights abuses. Now, after a 12-year hiatus, the PRI has limped back into power, with just 38 per cent of the popular vote, amid charges of votebuying and media manipulation. Still, the Mexican establishment and the allimportant security forces have circled the wagons around Nieto, who is from a well-connected political family and expected to take office in December.

But leading the country won't be easy. A former governor of a state near Mexico City, in 2006 Nieto ordered a vicious PRI-style security operation against poor peasants resisting an official land grab. …

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