Former rulers poised to return in Mexico

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The Independent US

The opposition party looked poised for a comeback as voters went to the polls for a new President yesterday, after the ruling conservatives failed to provide strong growth or halt a brutal drugs war.

More than a decade after the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) lost power, opinion polls showed its candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto, 45, was ahead of Josefina Vazquez Mota from the ruling National Action Party, and the left-winger Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Tainted by corruption during its 71 years in power, the PRI was voted out in 2000.