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Mexicans hopeful that Pena Nieto can quell drug violence




Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, waves to the crowds during a campaign stop in the northern border city of Tijuana, Mexico, on June 3.
Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, waves to the crowds during a campaign stop in the northern border city of Tijuana, Mexico, on June 3.
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Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, waves to the crowds during a campaign stop in the northern border city of Tijuana, Mexico, on June 3.
Presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) celebrates with supporters on July 2, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. Results of an official preliminary count indicate that Mexico's presidential election front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto holds a substantial lead over Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
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Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, waves to the crowds during a campaign stop in the northern border city of Tijuana, Mexico, on June 3.
Front pages of newspapers with information on the new Mexican president for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Enrique Pena Nieto, on July 2, 2012. Pena Nieto, the youthful candidate of the party that governed Mexico for decades, claimed victory late on July 1 in the country's presidential election.
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Mexican President Elect, Enrique Pena Nieto, will be sworn into office on Saturday in Mexico City. After the ceremony, he'll deliver an address to the country and then meet with a small group of foreign leaders, including Vice President Joe Biden

Mexicans are hopeful that Pena Nieto will be able to boost the economy and reduce drug related violence. Both goals could be achieved if the nation ends its war on the drug cartels. 

From the Fronteras Desk, Lorne Matalon has the story from Northern Chihuahua.