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Former Mexico State governor announces presidential candidacy

September 22, 2011

The Institutional Revolutionary Party recently announced it's candidate for Mexico's July 2012 presidential election - Enrique Pena Nieto. He once served as the governor of Mexico state, and many Mexican people believed that he would be the next leader of their nation, even before he announced his candidacy, according to Fox News.

Pena Nieto's campaign focuses on a new, refreshed image of the political party. The PRI held the presidency for 70 years, until Vicente Fox of the National Action Party (PAN) took over in 2000. Now, nearly a third of voters are under 30, which means that they have not been able to vote since the PRI feel out of power. This could spell success for Pena Nieto and his party, as many may seek a change from the incumbent PAN party.

The new presidential candidate may also have a distinct advantage over his competition because he is somewhat of a celebrity - he's married to one at least. Pena Nieto's wife, Angelica Rivera, is a popular Televisa soap opera actress, who is known as one of the highest-paid Televisa actors.

People can use phone cards to make calls to Mexico and talk about the implications of Pena Nieto announcing his candidacy on his wife's television network, as well as the upcoming elections.

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