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Pena Nieto Pledges to Lower Violence during Inauguration Speech

Posted: Dec. 10th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Pena Nieto taking office in Mexico City

Although there is much controversy surrounding the election of Mexico's new president, Pena Nieto of the PRI party, the inauguration speech he gave in Mexico City over the weekend offer a glimmer of hope to a nation that sorely needs it. However, as he stems from a party that is fraught with a stigma of heavy corruption, a huge portion of Mexico's population won't believe anything he says until he proves it.

Enrique Pena Nieto took over as Mexico's president on Saturday, promising to end years of violence and sluggish economic growth, and giving the party that shaped modern Mexico a shot at redemption after 12 years out of office.

The 46-year-old Pena Nieto said the people had been let down since his centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, fell from power in 2000, and pledged a raft of changes to boost growth, create jobs and fight poverty.

"The state has lost ground in important areas. Lawlessness and violence have robbed various parts of the country of peace and freedom," Pena Nieto said in his inaugural speech at a ceremonial palace in the old center of Mexico City.

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