The Final Count: EPN 38.21%, AMLO 31.59%, JVM 25.41% [In Spanish]

July 6, 2012

El Universal, 07/06/2012

All the votes have been counted and PRI-PVEM candidate Enrique Peña Nieto has once again come out triumphant. Enrique Peña Nieto won with 38.21% of the vote, PRD candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador was behind by 6.62% with 31.59% of the vote, PAN candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota came in third with 25.41% and PNA candidate Gabriel Quadri came in fourth with 2.47%.

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In second Mexico vote, this time of migrants, Vazquez Mota wins

July 5, 2012

The Los Angeles Times, 07/02/2012

Josefina Vázquez Mota

The tiny but closely watched migrant segment of the Mexican electorate voted firmly for Josefina Vazquez Mota of the governing National Action Party (PAN), an opposite result to her third-place showing in the national race.

The results announced Monday by the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) also showed a 23% increase in voter-abroad participation over the 2006 election, the first time Mexicans living abroad had the right to vote.

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Video: Josefina Vázquez Mota spoke to the nation and acknowledged defeat [in Spanish]

July 2, 2012

Univision, 07/01/2012

Josefina Vázquez Mota

Josefina Vázquez Mota spoke to the nation and acknowledged her defeat earlier in the evening.

To see video click here.

Mexico’s failing schools spell trouble for ruling party

June 12, 2012

The Washington Post, 6/09/2012

When he was elected president six years ago, Felipe Calderon appointed a bright and energetic political operator to fix the country’s wreck of a public education system, where teachers buy and sell their jobs and half the children drop out after junior high

In the past few days, teachers have been accused of stealing copies of a national exam in an effort to boost student scores. And teachers refusing to take exams to prove their basic competency abandoned their schools in protest, while Calderon proclaimed that “enough is enough” and pleaded with them to get back in the classroom.

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Who will win the Mexican election?

June 12, 2012

6/12/12, Al Jazeera

For months Enrique Pena Nieto has enjoyed a commanding lead in the polls in the run-up to Mexico’s presidential election on July 1…

As Mexico’s presidential race enters its final weeks, we ask: Who is going to win the Mexican election? And can anyone stop Enrique Pena Nieto being elected the country’s president?

Inside Story Americas, with presenter Shihab Rattansi, discusses with guests: Maria Jose Lopez, a spokesperson for the ‘Yo Soy 132′ or ‘I am 132′ student movement; Eric Olson, a senior associate at the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and Francisco Gonzalez, a professor of Latin American studies at John Hopkins university.

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In Mexico, a Candidate Stands Out Despite Attacks

June 12, 2012

Archibold, Randal, The New York Times, 6/11/12

Despite the bombardment, Enrique Peña Nieto, the target of the attacks, remains the odds-on favorite to win Mexico’s presidential election on July 1, with a comfortable margin in most polls and an air of invincibility…

At Sunday’s debate, Ms. Vázquez Mota warned of “a return to authoritarianism” if Mr. Peña Nieto were elected, but he has pushed the sunnier aspects of the party, the political stability, economic expansion and large public works Mexico enjoyed under its tenure. As governor of Mexico State until last year, Mr. Peña Nieto was known best for building hospitals and roads and issuing 600 “commitments” he said he had fulfilled, no matter what his opponents say.

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Mexico Institute Elections Blog

Mexico election: Candidates in final debate push

June 11, 2012

BBC News, 6/11/12

Mexico’s four presidential candidates have held their final televised debate ahead of the 1 July election, promising to reduce violence and tackle poverty.

Hours earlier, thousands of young people protested in Mexico City against front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.

Josefina Vazquez Mota, of the governing National Action Party (PAN), went on the attack, saying both Mr Pena Nieto and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador represented the past.

During the debate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) said the current government was “rotten” and it was time for change.

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