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Will Mexico's power shift impact the drug war?

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Presumed President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) celebrates with supporters on July 2, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. Daniel Aguilar/Getty Images

Mexican voters have elected the governor of the state of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, as president. Peña Nieto is a member of the PRI party, which ruled Mexico for more than 70 years before losing the presidency in the year 2000.

His biggest challenge in office will be stemming the drug violence that has taken the lives of 60,000 Mexicans during the past six years.

Peña Nieto wrote an op-ed that ran today in the New York Times, and he said he respects President Felipe Calderon for quote, "his commitment to ending this scourge." But, he says the strategy must change.


Ken Ellingwood, Mexico City-based correspondent for the LA Times, who wrote an analysis of the issues facing the new President-elect in today's issue.

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