Mexico President's Can-Do Image Put to Test

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MEXICO CITY (AP) - President Enrique Pena Nieto came to power Dec. 1 with a swagger.

He promised a new Mexico, an economic powerhouse far from its image as a violence-torn land overrun by drug traffickers. He passed radical reforms for education and telecommunications and proposed more for energy and taxes.

But nine months later, as Pena Nieto prepares to give his first state of the nation address on Monday, the new Mexico still looks a lot like the old one. Economic growth projections have been cut and the streets are clogged with anti-reform protesters, who have forced the president to change the date and location of Monday's speech.

After 12 years out of office, his party is encountering a more complicated, democratic country than the one it ran for 71 years.

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