PeĂ±a Nieto Is Winner of Mexican Election, Exit Polls Show
Mexico chose as its new president Sunday Enrique PeĂ±a Nieto, a dashing, disciplined campaigner who promised to bring peace and prosperity back to a country weary of drug violence and slow growth, according to official projections by election officials.
As the new face of a political party once known for corruption, PeĂ±a Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), completed a remarkable act of political rehabilitation, returning to power after 12 years on the sidelines.
To chants of âPresidente! Presidente!â from a roaring crowd at his political partyâs headquarters in Mexico City, PeĂ±a Nieto strode to the stage just before midnight for his victory speech. With the kind of messaging, discipline and stagecraft that have marked his campaign from the beginning, the 45-year-old former governor insisted âMexico won todayâ â repeating a new catchphrase already printed on banners for the event.
âThereâs no going back to the past,â PeĂ±a Nieto said, promising a break with the old autocratic style of his PRI forefathers, known in Mexico as the dinosaurs, in favor of a âmodern, democratic, transparentâ presidency.
âWe are a new generation,â he said.