Peña Nieto to be Sworn in on December 1


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Enrique Peña Nieto’s inauguration as Mexico’s new president will take place on Saturday, December 1st at the San Lazaro Legislative Palace in Mexico City.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Peña Nieto was the winner of the presidential elections held in Mexico on Sunday, July 1, 2012. Peña Nieto won with 38 percent of the vote. Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the Democratic Revolution Party was the runner-up with almost 32 percent. PANist Josefina Vazquez Mota was a distant 3rd at 25 percent.
Peña Nieto, a lawyer and former governor of the state of Mexico from 2005 – 2011, will succeed Felipe Calderón as President of Mexico.
With only 38% of the votes and without a legislative majority, Peña Nieto marked the return of the PRI after a twelve-year hiatus, a party that had governed Mexico uninterrupted for 71 years until it was defeated by the National Action Party (PAN) in the year 2000.
A return of the PRI has not been welcomed by everyone. Vote-buying and money-laundering claims and a series of street protests by student group 132 still taints Pena Nieto’s victory and likely will slow down his efforts to get laws passed as he will need support to move the country forward from opposition members.
Also, the electoral tribunal in late August threw out a bid by his leftist rival Lopez Obrador to annul the July 1 election.
Peña Nieto is promising to focus first and foremost on making the streets of his nation safer. More than 50,000 people have been killed as a result of Mexico’s drug wars since outgoing president Calderon took power in 2006.  Peña Nieto has stated in an interview with ABC News’ Cecilia Vega, that Mexico’s war on violence can be won, but policy changes must be made.
BCS Governor Marcos Covarrubias Villaseñor has confirmed his attendance to the swearing in ceremony on the 1st. Governor Covarrubias reiterated early statements that he has total confidence that BCS will continue to have good relations with the federal government. “…When you have a respectful relationship between the three levels of government and it is clear what the citizens need, things don’t need to go bad,” he said.
The Mexican president holds office for one six-year term. Peña Nieto will govern Mexico until Nov. 30, 2018.

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