Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Nieto Elected President In Mexico Assuring The Return Of Nationwide Corruption In Government

Enrique Peña Nieto

Photo: PRI

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) once viewed as the most political corrupted party in Mexico regained power on Sunday.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 3, 2012

Mexico City - On Sunday, a majority of Mexican nationals voted to once again return the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) into political power. The PRI party had gained a reputation of wide spread corruption when it held power for 71 years by successions under different names in Mexico. The PRI lost it's presidential grip in Mexico when it was defeated in the 2000 and then again in the 2006 elections.
Attorney Enrique Peña Nieto, 45, originally from Atlacomulco, Mexico and the presidential candidate for the PRI was declared the unofficial winner on Sunday with more than 37% of the national vote. Nieto will hold office for the next six years or until 2018, when the election results become official by the Federal Electoral Tribunal.
He is currently married to Angélica Rivera, 41, a TV soap opera actress. Nieto was involved in a prior scandal for having several affairs while still married to his first wife and had two out of wedlock children. His first wife passed away after the scandal took its toll on the marriage and one of Nieto's out of wedlock children died in 2005.
The PRI is believed to have sparked the proliferation of drug cartels and government corruption that spread when it was in power.
Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderón from the National Action Party (PAN) tried to get rid of corruption in government and declared war on major drug cartels, including criminal organizations in the last six years in power.
Nieto is expected to be more laxed on stemming out government corruption, drug trafficking into the U.S. and defeating drug cartels in Mexico. With the PRI in power, drug cartels and criminal organizations will most likely become even stronger by expanding their drug trade and engaging in political influence in government to hold power over the multi-billion criminal operations throughout the U.S.-Mexico border.
Nieto during his campaign vowed to make the state oil monopoly firm Pemex more accessible to private investments, reform the weak tax system and hopes to create more jobs to help Mexico's economic growth.
Last Sunday, the PRI failed to get a majority 50 plus one in the lower federal house chamber of deputies (representatives) and the Senate. If any projected reforms are to move forward with President-elect Nieto, he would have to gain support from other political parties as well.

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