A fresh face for an old political dynasty is poised for victory in Mexico’s presidential election.
Exit polls and an official ‘quick count’ has given Enrique Pena Nieto a clear margin over his rivals. A senior electoral officer said the lead is “irreversible”. The 45-year-old is ready for power.
“I assume, with emotion, I assume, with great commitment, in full responsibility, the mandate that Mexicans have given me today,” he told supporters.
The victory will mean a return to power for the Institutional Revolutionary Party ( PRI) which had run Mexico as a virtual one party state for most of the 20th century before it was ousted 12 years ago.
Nieto’s rival, leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is not ready to concede and said: “I do not discount what they are making known officially but simply we do not have all the facts.”
Despite victory celebrations by Pena Nieto’s supporters, the result could still be challenged by Obrador. That would stall Pena Nieto’s election promises to use economic reform to ignite growth, create jobs and to take the heat out of the drugs war which has killed 55,000 people since late 2006.