Mexico confirms Pena Nieto as new president

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The official count of Mexico’s presidential election has confirmed Enrique Pena Nieto’s victory, paving the way for his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), in opposition for 12 years, to assume power, the electoral authority has said. The announcement on Friday seals Pena Nieto’s victory and is a major step toward the resolution of the contested vote. Pena Nieto secured 38 per cent of the vote while his main challenger, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, polled more than 31 per cent. The president-elect had an advantage of more than 3.3 million votes. Just over 99 per cent of the ballot boxes had been counted as of 9pm on Thursday. More than half of the boxes were double-checked due to…

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