Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Saturday, December 01, 2012


A New President Takes Office in Mexico
Enrique Peña Nieto became president of Mexico early Saturday, beginning a six-year term in which he has promised to accelerate economic growth, reduce the violence related to the drug war and forge closer, broader ties with the United States…

Mr. Peña Nieto begins his term on a politically shaky foundation. He won 38 percent of the vote in the July election... The PRI-led coalition is the largest in Congress, but it does not have an absolute majority and will need alliances to get anything done.

In unveiling his cabinet on Friday, Mr. Peña Nieto relied largely on PRI stalwarts, including five former governors, but placed several young, foreign-educated technocrats from his inner circle, including Mr. Videgaray, in prominent positions to present a fresh face for the old party. Men dominate the cabinet, with only 3 of the 27 positions filled going to women…

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