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2 July 2012                  05:50 ET

Mexico’s old ruling party, the PRI, is set to return to power as early official results indicate its candidate Enrique Pena Nieto has won the presidential election.

Mr Pena Nieto, 45, is on about 37%, several points ahead of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has not conceded.

Thousands of police were on duty for the vote, amid fears of intimidation from drug gangs.

Mexicans were also electing a new congress and some state governors.

‘New face’

Analysis

After what was, by and large, an orderly and peaceful vote, the partial result from the country’s electoral authorities appears to confirm that it was Mr Pena Nieto’s night.

As soon as the traditional speech from incumbent President Felipe Calderon was over – in which he called Mr Pena Nieto the president-elect – the candidate addressed the crowds of his jubilant supporters.

He spoke of reconciliation, of governing for all Mexicans and said that “Mexico had won” no less than three times.

But with his nearest challenger, Mr Lopez Obrador, waiting for all the results before accepting defeat, Mr Pena Nieto will have a tough time winning over his critics.

Celebrations at the headquarters of the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) started after the polls closed.

Mr Pena Nieto declared: “We all won in this election. Mexico won.”

“This is just the start of the work we have before us.”

He thanked Mexican voters for giving the PRI a second chance, saying his administration would have a “new way of governing”.

The election campaign was dominated by the economy and the war on drugs.

“There will be no pact nor truce with organised crime,” Mr Pena Nieto said.

He had been presented as the new face of the PRI, a break with the party’s long and at times murky past that included links with drug gangs.

The party held on to power for 71 years until it was defeated in 2000.

Mr Pena Nieto built his reputation on the “pledges” he set out for his governorship in Mexico state, focusing on public works and improvement of infrastructure.

Outgoing President Felipe Calderon has congratulated Mr Pena Nieto and promised to work with him during the transition to his inauguration in December.

The main contenders: Lopez Obrador (left), Vazquez Mota (centre) and Pena Nieto (right)
The main contenders: Pena Nieto (left), Vazquez Mota (centre) and Lopez Obrador (right)

“I sincerely hope for the smooth running of the next government for the benefit of all Mexicans,” Mr Calderon said, in a televised address.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, running for the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) is in second place with about 33% of the vote.

The official quick count, published by the electoral authorities (IFE), is based on returns from a sample of around 7,500 polling stations across Mexico.

Mr Lopez Obrador, who was the runner-up in the 2006 election, has not conceded victory.

“The last word hasn’t been spoken yet,” he said.

“We simply do not have all the facts. We are lacking the legality of the electoral process.”

In 2006, he refused to recognise Mr Calderon’s victory and led street protests for months afterwards.

1929: Dominates Mexican politics from its foundation as National Revolutionary Party (PNR) by revolutionary leader Plutarco Elias Calles

Mexico’s PRI

  • 1934: Nationalises oil industry
  • 1946: Party takes name of Partido Revolucionario Institucional (Institutional Revolutionary Party)
  • 1988: Leftist coalition defeated by PRI’s Carlos Salinas in a vote widely seen as rigged
  • 1989: PRI’s first state election defeat
  • March 1994: PRI presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio murdered; replacement Ernesto Zedillo wins election
  • Sept 1994: Outgoing president’s brother Raul Salinas accused of organising murder of PRI secretary general. Jailed but conviction later quashed
  • 1997: PRI loses majority of Congress
  • 2000: PRI loses presidency to Vicente Fox

Josefina Vazquez Mota, the candidate of the governing National Action Party (PAN) had already accepted defeat.

The initial results from IFE put her on some 25%.

Security display

Almost 80 million people were eligible to cast their ballots on Sunday.

Police and army were deployed to protect voters from intimidation by drug cartels at polling booths.

Officials said the voting was largely peaceful, but reported some initial problems as a number of stations opened later than planned.

“Everything has been very good,” one voter in Mexico City told the BBC. “But people aren’t very motivated to vote, perhaps because the candidates make so many promises but we’re always worse off.”

With nearly half the Mexican population living in poverty, the economy was one of the main issues in the campaign.

Unemployment remains low at roughly 4.5%, but a huge divide remains between the rich and the poor.

Another issue dominating the campaign was the war on drugs, launched nearly six years ago by President Calderon, who is constitutionally barred from seeking re-election.

The main opposition candidates have been critical of Mr Calderon’s policies.

They point out that more than 55,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since 2006.

Mexicans were also electing 500 deputies, 128 senators, six state governors, the head of government in the Federal District (which includes Mexico City) and local governments.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-18668783

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Enrique Peña Nieto was born on July 20th, 1966 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pena_nieto

July 20th, 1966

July 20th

7 + 20 +2+0+1+1 = 31 = his personal year (from July 20th, 2011 to July 19th, 2012) = Competition.

Five of Wands Tarot card

31 year + 6 (June) = 37 = his personal month (from June 20th, 2012 to July 19th, 2012) = My fellow countrymen.  Heart-centered leader.  Just looking out for the best interests of everyone.

King of Cups Tarot card

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Mexico's Javier Hernandez celebrates after scoring during the match between France and Mexico at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa on Thursday.

June 17, 2010

France, finalists in 2006, are on the verge of crashing out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ after losing 2-0 to Mexico in Polokwane’s Peter Mokaba Stadium. Substitutes Javier Hernandez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco grabbed the goals as El Tri moved to within touching distance of the last 16 with a deserved win over Raymond Domenech’s lacklustre Les Bleus.

This was a generally well-matched encounter, with little to choose between two talented but inconsistent sides. Mexico, however, just about shaded it, and certainly succeeded in creating the better of the chances throughout.

The French defence looked vulnerable faced with the pace and movement of Mexico’s youthful attack, and Domenech’s side should really have conceded a goal inside eight minutes. All it took was a simple lofted ball over the top from Rafael Marquez to leave them exposed but Carlos Vela, having raced clean through, ballooned his left-foot shot high over the crossbar.

Mexico were showing plenty of ambition, and their willingness to commit men forward was exemplified in left-back Carlos Salcido, who twice went close midway through the half. First, with 18 minutes played, he charged forward from his defensive berth and rifled a low drive just wide of the far post. Then, nine minutes later, Salcido again burst forward, jinked inside Bacary Sagna and, with William Gallas backing off, poked in a right-foot shot that Hugo Lloris could only parry clear.

France were more cautious in their approach, although the largely-subdued Franck Ribery did provide one worthwhile effort with a powerful right-foot shot that flashed across goal. Mexico remained the most threatening, and even the loss of Vela to injury did not disrupt their rhythm, with the Arsenal striker’s replacement, Pablo Berrera, heading just wide within a couple of minutes of entering the fray.

The French would have felt fortunate to return to the dressing rooms with the scores level, but they emerged with renewed determination and forced a decent early save from Oscar Perez when Florent Malouda was given time and space to crack in a powerful right-foot shot. With Mexico struggling to replicate their first-half form, Javier Aguirre rang the changes, and it was one of his substitutes, Javier Hernandez, who provided the all-important breakthrough.

Marquez again split the French defence with a simple through ball, and Hernandez, having sprung the offside trap, coolly side-stepped Lloris before side-footing into the open net. A resolute French response seemed inevitably, yet it never materialised. Instead, Mexico made sure of all three points when Blanco slotted a textbook penalty to the right of the helpless Lloris after Barrera’s thrilling run was halted by Eric Abidal’s sliding challenge.

El Tri now march on to their final fixture against Uruguay knowing that a point will be enough to see them through to the last 16, while France face the hosts knowing that only an unlikely set of results will salvage their South Africa 2010 dreams.

from:  http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249722/match=300061451/summary.html

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Mexico scored twice in the second half to knock off France 2—0 on Thursday, putting the Mexicans in prime position to reach the knockout stages of the 2010 World Cup and bounce the French and hosts South Africa from the tournament.

Manchester United—bound striker Javier Hernandez opened the scoring in the 64th minute in winning Man of the Match honors. And veteran Cuauhtemoc Blanco converted a penalty in the 79th minute to decide the game at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

The Mexicans moved even atop Group A with four points along with Uruguay while the 1998 champions and 2006 runners—up France remained on one point. Mexico and Uruguay would both advance to the Round of 16 with a draw in their final group match.

Following the 0—0 draw with Uruguay in their Group A opener, France coach Raymond Domenech brought in Florent Malouda in favour of Yoann Gourcoff with Franck Ribery moving into a central position behind the lone striker Nicolas Anelka. And defender William Gallas started despite a calf strain.

Mexico’s only line—up change was Hector Moreno playing for Paul Aguilar in defence after the 1—1 draw with South Africa.

The 1998 champions and 2006 runners—up France came into the game with a 2—1—0 World Cup record against Mexico, winning 4—1 in 1930 and 3—2 in 1954 and drawing 1—1 in 1966.

Mexico’s exciting forward Giovani Dos Santos made things interesting after just three minutes, hitting the right post though the 21—year—old Galatasaray talent was ruled offside.

Ribery’s centrally taken shot three minutes later proved no problem for Mexico keeper Oscar Perez as France’s first mini—chance.

Javier Aguirre’s Mexican side was dangerous once again in the eighth minute with Carlos Vela getting behind the defence though his left foot attempt went well off target.

France’s playmaking struggles continued while Mexico defender Carlos Salcido twice pushed forward for goal chances — hitting wide right in the 18th minute and shooting right at French keeper Hugo Lloris nine minutes later.

Mexico’s Arsenal striker Vela was forced out of the game in the 31st minute with a right leg issue as Pablo Barrera came on.

Les Bleus rarely were dangerous though Anelko had a shot just before the break — albeit not really challenging for Perez.

The Mexican keeper was more tested in the 54th minute, deflecting over his crossbar Malouda’s blast.

The Mexicans beat a French offside trap to grab the lead in the 64th minute. Rafael Marquez played a long high ball over the French backline to Hernandez, who circled Lloris and then slotted in the empty goal, sending the Sombrero—clad Mexican fans into celebrations.

The 22—year—old Hernandez will be leaving Mexican side Chivas for Manchester United this season.

Mexico supporters were in heaven in the 79th minute as Blanco doubled the lead on a penalty. Barrera was taken down in the area by Eric Abidal with the referee responding by pointing to the spot.

The 37—year—old striker Blanco stepped up and hammered his blast into the lower left corner just past Lloris to become the first Mexican to score at three World Cups.

The French were clearly deflated and never mounted another dangerous attack the rest of the way. “It is a real shame to lose in this way,” said a disappointed Malouda afterwards.

Mexico captain Marquez said: “The game went according to our plan and we are delighted, now we just have to finish the job in the last game.”

from:  http://beta.thehindu.com/sport/article470160.ece

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Javier Hernández was born on June 1st, 1988 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javier_Hern%C3%A1ndez_Balc%C3%A1zar

June 1st, 1988

6 + 1 +1+9+8+8 = 33 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Courage.  Valor.  Loyalty.  Mexico.  Sombrero.

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