Former Governor of Atenco Wins Mexican Presidency

The 2012 Mexican presidential race is over and Enrique Peña Nieto, candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), has won the presidency with fewer than half the votes.

Between 2006 and 2011 Peña Nieto served as the Governor of the State of Mexico. In 2006 he was responsible for ordering the brutal crackdown on protestors in San Salvador Atenco. At least 27 women suffered rape and sexual torture in detention as a result.

Peña Nieto acknowledges that he ordered security forces to Atenco but he asserts that it was a necessary action to maintain order. The women of Atenco have yet to see justice for the crimes committed against them.

Throughout the presidential campaign candidates largely avoided any discussion about women’s reproductive rights, health clinics for women, or the poor representation of women in media and government.


For Mexico’s President-Elect, a Strategic Journey, New York Times, 2 July 2012.

The PRI peril, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2012.

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