Jun 2, 2012

Mexico's Pena Nieto feels the heat with finish in sight

Reuters: Two months before Mexico's presidential election, Enrique Pena Nieto was strolling to victory. But with just a month to go, he may suddenly have a race on his hands.

Long dormant opposition to Pena Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has welled up over the past three weeks to throw the result of the July 1 election into some doubt, raising the risk of yet another government with no majority in Congress.

Fired by youth activism on the Internet, a protest movement tapping into allegations of corruption and authoritarianism that dogged the PRI in the past has arisen to dent Pena Nieto's once-commanding lead.

"This is a danger to him because it could cause a kind of snowball effect, bringing together several things at the same time," said Federico Berrueto, director general of Mexican polling firm GCE. Read more.

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