Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
The political group that governed Mexico for over 70 years during the 20th century has reclaimed power. Enrique Peña Nieto, the 45 year old former governor of the State of Mexico, claimed victory in the Mexican presidential election early morning, June 2nd.
The Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI or Institutional Revolutionary Party), which Peña Nieto belongs to, has reclaimed the presidency after being defeated in 2000 and 2006. Elections are held every six years in Mexico, and presidents are limited to one term.
Poll monitors announced Peña Nieto had gathered 38% of the vote Sunday evening, topping the 32% that Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD or The Party of the Democratic Revolution) received. The party of the current president, Felipe Calderón of the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN or the National Action Party), received 25% of the vote for candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota.
Peña Nieto promises to continue to battle organized crime in Mexico, but has stated the approach will change and be more effective in bringing peace to Mexico.