Mexico’s presidential election enters the final week of campaigning with frontrunner Enrique Pena Nieto holding a mass rally in Mexico City.
Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party has a hard job to convince voters that his party has changed.
The PRI ruled Mexico for 71 consecutive years before being voted out in 2000, regaining the confidence of the country is a major task:
“Mexicans are ready to overcome this critical phase of economic stagnation, social inequality and violence. This election is a great opportunity to achieve that,” he said.
As accusations abound that the PRI is returning to its old ways namely corruption many dread its return to power.
Despite his lead in the polls Pena Nieto is unpopular with the youth in Mexico City with many taking to the streets to protest against what they see as a return to the bad old days:
“Enrique Pena Nieto is a candidate who represents a powerful elite like television networks a very closed group of power,” said one protester.
The United States will be keeping a close eye on the election the two countries share billions of dollars worth of trade and a border that stretches some 3,000 kilometres.
The US has also offered 1.6 billion US dollars to help Mexico battle the powerful drug cartels.