Mexico’s expected president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, speaks in Mexico City. (Reuters//Henry Romero)
Mexico’s presumptive president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, is expected to stay the course on two areas of import to the United States. Peña Nieto’s main opponent has not yet conceded defeat in Mexico’s presidential election, but Peña Nieto’s installation as president in December is all but certain. For the U.S., his stance on drugs and illegal immigration are key concerns.
Peña Nieto has promised he’ll continue the fight against the country’s powerful drug cartels without making any truces or pacts with the criminal organizations. But he acknowledged the bloodshed spurred by outgoing President Felipe Calderón’s crackdown on drug smugglers, which has alarmed Mexicans as well as Americans living near the border. As such, Peña Nieto said he’s going to try a new strategy that would reduce that violence and protect the lives of Mexican citizens, according to El Economista.
Peña Nieto received a phone call from U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday, the day after the election. The two discussed the need for the two countries to work together to increase security, promote commerce and improve infrastructure, La Crónica de Hoy reported.
Peña Nieto has offered few specifics about what, if anything, he’s going to do about illegal immigration. He already has one clear group of American residents to win over: Mexicans living in the U.S. Nearly 30,000 of them voted in the election, and CNN México reported that most of them voted for Josefina Vázquez Mota, who finished third in the overall election