Nieto wins Mexican presidential election
Receives international congratulations
Mexican presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday received congratulatory messages from leaders of some countries for his victory in Sunday’s elections.
Nieto declared victory Sunday night after a preliminary count by Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute (IFE), marking the return to power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
The initial results showed that Nieto won 37.8 percent of the vote, about six percentage points more than runner-up Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the left-leaning Progressive Movement.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that he had spoken with Nieto “to congratulate him for his victory.”
“We have a very important agenda with Mexico,” he added without going into details.
Mexico’s closest European ally, Spain, was one of the first nations to celebrate Nieto’s win.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a telegram that Mexico’s new leader could count on “all the support of Spain.”
“It will always be a priority to work with Mexican authorities to maintain and strengthen ties for the benefit of the people of both counties,” Rajoy said.
He also praised “the solid ties of friendship, brotherhood and cooperation” between Spain and Mexico and wished Nieto “good luck in his next tasks.”
The White House issued a statement saying that U.S. President Barack Obama called Nieto on Monday to congratulate him.
Obama “reiterated his commitment to working in partnership with Mexico, and looks forward to advancing common goals” such as “promoting democracy, economic prosperity, and security in the region and around the globe.”
French President Francois Hollande sent a message via France’s embassy in Mexico, saying that the two nations “share the same vision of the great global challenges” and “cooperate closely in international events.”