Mexico Can Survive a New President

Eduardo Verdugo / AP

Presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto of the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) gives a thumbs up at a campaign rally in Valle de Chalco, Mexico, June 7, 2012.

According to most polls, it is now virtually certain that on July 1, Mexico will bring the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) back to the presidency, after 12 years in opposition and disgrace. The party's candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto, holds a nearly insurmountable lead as the campaign reaches its final stage. That fact — the surprising turn of fortune for a party that ran Mexico for 70 years before it was ousted from the presidency by the National Action Party's Vicente Fox in 2000 — has many Mexicans and their foreign friends worried. They see the PRI's resurgence as a...

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