Local Reaction To Mexican Election


POSTED: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 4:31pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 7:18pm

Incomplete voting results show that Enrique Peña Nieto will be the next president of Mexico.

"Enrique Pena Nieto has 37% of all votes."

Dr. Pablo Rhi-Perez is an associate professor at UTB's School of Business. Rhi-Perez says if Pena Nieto is the next president there could be some positives including economic benefits for both the US and Mexico.

"I think his the strategy is to to create employment and create a good business environment."

Congressman Henry Cuellar was in Mexico City over the weekend and got the chance to meet with Pena Nieto Sunday.

"It's going to be good for the Valley and Texas for the us because we have a president who wants to focus and develop the S and Mexico. I think trade will be really good between us everyday there is a billion dollars between US and Mexico 6 million jobs created here in the US because of the Mexican trade."

As for the violence and ongoing drug war Cuellar says Pena Nieto has a good plan.

"He is not going to make agreement with the drug cartels wants to use better strategy in fighting the drug cartel hopefully we can reduce the violence because it has been difficult across the river."
"He is bringing in a retired Columbian general who fought the cartels in Columbia and with that experience will be good for Mexico and the US.

In downtown Brownsville we got mixed emotions about Pena Nieto as the next president.
Ramiro Chavez is from Matamoros and voted Sunday not for Pena Nieto but for
Andres Manuel Lopez.

"Chavez says he is not sure if Nieto is good, Chavez says he has heard him and his cabinet are corrupt, we won't know until he does things for Mexico."

But Evelia Vela favors Pena Nieto.

"He's more caring the for the people in Matamoros"

Pena Neito's election is expected to be confirmed Wednesday.

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