Mexico City (CNN) — The political party that ruled Mexico for more than 70 years appears poised to return to power after election authorities projected Enrique Peña Nieto as the winner of the nation’s presidential vote.
A quick count based on samples from polling stations throughout the country gave Peña Nieto the lead, with between 37.93% and 38.55% of votes, the Federal Election Institute said late Sunday night.
The projected victory for Peña Nieto marks a triumphant return to power for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which lost its grip on Mexico’s presidency to the conservative National Action Party in 2000.
“I take with great emotion and a great sense of commitment and full responsibility the mandate Mexicans have granted me today,” Peña Nieto told supporters, standing at a podium with a sign that said “Mexico won.”
Wikipedia: The Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI) is a Mexican political party that held power in the country—under a succession of names—for 71 years. →