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Mexico front-runner draws crowds, protests

June 25, 2012 • World News


Students of the #YoSoy132 or “I am 132″ movement march in Mexico City, Sunday, June 24, 2012. #YoSoy132 is the name of a university movement that rejects the possible return of the old ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) ahead of Mexico’s July 1 presidential election. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — With a promise to “leave behind the practices of the old politics,” Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto held his first and only mass rally in Mexico City, the nation’s capital, on Sunday, one week ahead of the July 1 presidential elections.

Pena Nieto sought to break with the reputation of his Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the PRI, as the sclerotic, antiquated party that governed Mexico for 71 uninterrupted years, until it lost the 2000 elections.

“I am part of a new generation that grew up under democracy,” Pena Nieto told tens of thousands of Login to read more

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