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Mexico's president-elect urges opposition to support reforms
Mexico's President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto addresses a news conference in Mexico City on July 11, 2012.
Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:30AM
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It is time to agree, not impose… Time to build, not obstruct.”

Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto

Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto has called on opposition to support his plans for economic reforms in the country.

"We will have a diverse Congress where no party has an absolute majority and as a result, all the parties will be responsible for coming to agreements," Pena Nieto said during a news conference on Wednesday in Mexico City, Reuters reported.

"It is time to agree, not impose," he said, adding, "Time to build, not obstruct.”

The youthful politician’s election victory on July 1 has brought the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) back to power after spending over a decade in political wilderness.

Pena Nieto called for market-friendly tax and labor and energy reforms during his election campaign. But his ambitious plans are unlikely to go through as his party has failed to win a majority in either the Senate or the lower house of Congress.

On Friday, a partial recount of the votes cast in the presidential election confirmed the win of Pena Nieto and the PRI.

Pena Nieto secured a little over 38 percent of the vote, while his leftist rival Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador received 31 percent of the vote.

The final count differed only slightly from the original fast count released on July 1.

With nearly half of Mexico's 112 million people living in poverty, the economy was one of the main issues in the election campaign.

The war on drugs that was launched nearly six years ago by President Felipe Calderon was another issue dominating the campaign. His military crackdown on drug cartels has turned parts of the country into war zones.

More than 55,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since 2006.

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