The Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) has been returned to power in Mexico after some 12 years on the opposition benches. Early reports
give the PRI and its leader, Enrique Peña Nieto, 38% of the votes against 31% for leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, while only 26% of Mexican voters gave their approval to the ruling National Action Party (PAN).
The PRI governed Mexico for 71 years, winning every presidential election by over 70% thanks to "massive electoral fraud
, voter suppression and violence". The PRI lost its left wing members in 1989 and was ousted from power in 2000 amid accusations of corruption and authoritarian behaviour. Since then, Mexico has make great strides towards real democracy, but with 45% of its population living in poverty and a violent war on drugs, voters this time wanted a government capable of initiating reforms
and provide basic security
But not everyone is happy with these results. Mexican students have started protesting
weeks ago against the possible return to power of the PRI. Under the banner "Yo Soy 132
", they have accused the media of biased coverage and warned they would not remain silent if the PRI was to return to its old ways of governing.