Former Mexico ruling party clears way for nominee

AP News
Posted: Nov 27, 2011 7:25 PM
Former Mexico ruling party clears way for nominee

Enrique Pena Nieto is the sole candidate for the presidential nomination of Mexico's former ruling party now that the party's internal filing deadline has passed.

Pena Nieto was the only contender to register Sunday for the Institutional Revolutionary Party's nomination and he followed the formality with a speech to party supporters. The PRI is expected to certify his candidacy in December.

The PRI hopes to retake the presidency in next July's election. It lost the post in 2000 after holding it for 71 years.

One of the contenders in the ballot will be Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, who narrowly lost the 2006 election. President Felipe Calderon's National Action Party has not yet chosen a candidate.