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July 2012 | Risk Summary

General elections were held on July 1, 2012, with preliminary results showing the opposition Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) winning a partial victory. On the one hand, PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto won the presidency by a comfortable margin, defeating Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the centre-left Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD) and Josefina Vázquez Mota of the centre-right ruling Partido Acción Nacional (PAN). With the highest turnout ever recorded in a national election, Peña Nieto's solid victory grants him a degree of legitimacy lacked by his predecessor, current president, Felipe Calderón, who only won the 2006 election by a margin of only 0.6%.

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