Enrique Peña Nieto: Mexico’s new face [op-ed]

The Los Angeles Times, Pamela Starr, 7/6/12

Enrique Peña Nieto

Enrique Peña Nieto, the fresh-faced politician Mexicans elected this week to be their president, represents the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which completely dominated Mexican politics for 71 years until 2000. Many Mexicans are concerned that the PRI’s return will lead to a restoration of autocratic rule, an officially sanctioned detente with organized crime or a marked deterioration in bilateral cooperation. But these things are unlikely.Equally unlikely, however, is any kind of wide-ranging reform. For good or ill,Mexico‘snew president will not have the power to transform Mexico into something strikingly different from what it is today. But he will have the opportunity to make limited but significant advances on the economic and security fronts.

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