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Can Mexico's new president end the drug war and spark economic growth?




US President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on November 27, 2012. Pena Nieto, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), takes office on December 1, replacing Felipe Calderon from the conservative National Action Party (PAN), five months after his election victory.
US President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on November 27, 2012. Pena Nieto, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), takes office on December 1, replacing Felipe Calderon from the conservative National Action Party (PAN), five months after his election victory.
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Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's new president, takes power this weekend. He inherits a nation that's suffering from a long-running conflict against drug traffickers and an economy that's improving, but is still struggling. 

And in the U.S., Mexico watchers are hoping Pena Nieto will be the pragmatic problem solver that he promised to be.

From the Fronteras Desk, David Martin Davies reports.