Nieto claims Mexico presidency win

July 3rd, 2012 - 6:07 am ICT by IANS  

Mexico, July 3 (IANS) Institutional Revolutionary Party’s Enrique Pena Nieto has claimed victory in Mexico’s presidential elections, the Prensa latina news agency reported.

“I assume with emotion, great commitment, and full responsibility the mandate that the Mexicans have given to me this day,” Nieto said Monday after the first results were out.

About 80 million Mexicans voted in Sunday’s elections.

According to the initial results, Nieto got about 38 percent of votes, about seven points ahead of his rival Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Progressive Movement.

“The Mexicans have chosen today a new alternation and have given our party a new opportunity,” Nieto said. Outgoing President Felipe Calderon has congratulated Nieto.

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