Mexicans choose a young face from a long-time political party

Tribunal Electoral Federal photo Enrique Peña Nieto in a June 10 debate appearance.

Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico’s Partido Revolucionario Institucional appears to have won the presidency in that county.

The results of what is being called a fast count were to be released late Sunday by the Instituto Federal Electoral.

However, there appeared to be an unexplained delay in the planned television broadcast by  Leonardo Valdés the president of the election institute. Still to be counted are votes of Mexicans living overseas.

Other sources give  Peña Nieto about 42 percent of the vote with  Andres Manuel López Obrador of the Partido Revolución Democratica behind by about 10 points. Josefina Vazquez Mota of the Partido Acción Nacional, the party of sitting President  Felipe Calderón, was a distant third with an estimated 24 percent of the vote.

López Obrador, who also ran against Calderón, is declining to concede defeat.

Peña Nieto brings bis party back into power. The Partido Revolucionario Institucional  ruled Mexico for 71 years until 2000. Its critics blamed the long hold on power on corruption, electoral fraud and repression. But the party has been bolstered recently by voter fatigue from economic stagnation and a wave of lawlessness that have plagued Mexico under the conservative Partido  Acción Nacional.

A large part of that lawlessness has stemmed from the country’s drug violence.  Since Calderón deployed the military against Mexico’s drug cartels in 2006, more than 50,000 people have been killed.

There also are elections for state governors and legislators.

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