Mexico Swears In President Amid Violent Protests
Enrique Pena Nieto promises peace and security
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 1, 2012 4:15 PM CST
Mexico's newly sworn-in President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers his inaugural speech at the National Palace in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.   (Andres Leighton)

(Newser) – Enrique Pena Nieto took the oath of office as Mexico's new president today promising to return peace and security and to take on the vested interests and sacred cows that have kept a lid on the country's economic prosperity. As several hundred protesters threw fire bombs at police and smashed plate glass windows, Pena Nieto marked the return of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, with a 13-point plan heavy on old-party populist handouts but with reforms designed to boost the economy and modernize the education and justice systems.

"Mexico has not achieved the advances that the population demands or deserves," Pena Nieto said in an inaugural speech unusual for its heavy emphasis on policy. "It's time for us together to break the myths and paradigms and all else that has limited our development." Inaugural events were marred all day by protesters opposed to the return of the PRI after a 12-year hiatus. Inside and outside the congressional chambers where he took the oath of office, his opponents called his inauguration an "imposition" of a party that ruled for 71 years using a mix of populist handouts, graft, and rigged elections. At least four demonstrators and four officers were injured as protesters clashed with tear-gas wielding police, and 65 people were detained.

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Dec 2, 2012 10:35 PM CST
Let find a way to stop American love for drugs . maybe stronger prision time or death sentence if we can stop America from using drugs less people will be killed let make it no profit for drug pushers
Dec 2, 2012 4:42 PM CST
SS DD. Nothing to see here, the Cartels run Mexico
Dec 2, 2012 9:07 AM CST
I find it funny that his first call to Obama was to say " Dont let your people legalize marijuana ,it will hurt Mexico " !!! The day after Colorado & Washington State a spokes person for the Mexican Drug Cartels told a Mexican News paper " If America makes Marijuana Legal it would take 3/4 of their business from them " the spokes person also stated it would be " 1.6 Trillion in profit they would lose a year " !!! If for not other reason but to keep that 1.6 T here in America and the Tax revenue can go straight to paying down the debt and Boarder control !!! Myself I don't smoke it but I think if a adult wants to smoke it that should be their choice , plus it is less dangerous then alcohol and could create Jobs and taxes that the person who smoke it will be willing to pay and people who don't smoke it will not just like it is with Cigarettes & Alcohol !!!