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Analysis: Mexican president races through reforms but risks loom

By Dave Graham and Simon Gardner MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A year ago, President Enrique Pena Nieto took office vowing a root-and-branch reform of Mexico's economy even though he had no majority in Congress and faced accusations from the main opposition parties that he stole the election. He has since passed a major education overhaul, shaken up oversight of the telecommunications market, pushed through reforms of the tax system and banking rules and put an end to Mexico's 75-year-old oil and gas monopoly.

President tells Mexicans to exercise to fight obesity

President Enrique Pena Nieto encouraged Mexicans on Thursday to walk more, use stairs and exercise one hour every day as he launched a campaign against rampant obesity and diabetes. "We can't keep our arms crossed in front of a real overweight and obesity epidemic. The lives of millions of Mexicans are literally at risk," Pena Nieto said. Seven in 10 adults are either overweight or obese in Mexico, while one-third of the country's children fall in that category, according to official figures.

Mexico leader: shoeless boys an example to footballers

President Enrique Pena Nieto praised on Friday indigenous boys who dominated a basketball tournament playing barefoot as an inspiration for Mexico and an example for its struggling national football team. The Triqui boys basketball team have become a media sensation in Mexico since they won a youth tournament in Argentina this month, winning all seven games, with most of them playing without sneakers.

Mexican leader leaves hospital after thyroid surgery

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto left hospital Saturday saying he felt fine after undergoing surgery to remove a thyroid nodule and he hoped to fully return to work next week. "I feel very good, and very encouraged," the 47-year-old leader told journalists as he exited the military hospital. He appeared to be in high spirits. "I believe that next week I will be fully integrated into normal activities," he said as he talked and laughed with the reporters. "I am more than ready for a return to normal activities."

Mexican government to present energy reform next week

Mexico's president said Thursday his government will present a reform plan for energy giant Pemex next week, setting the stage for a major debate over the state monopoly's future. Overhauling Petroleos de Mexico, know by its acronym Pemex, is one of the most politically sensitive reforms being pushed by President Enrique Pena Nieto since he took office eight months ago.

Gangs have won parts of troubled Mexican region: president

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has said that organized crime has gained the upper hand in a violent part of the country, in unusually frank comments about the difficulties his government is facing to subdue powerful drug cartels. Speaking to Mexican media on board his plane late on Thursday after a trip to the Gulf port of Veracruz, Pena Nieto said he was determined to restore order to the western state of Michoacan, where 22 people were killed in clashes on Tuesday.

Obama and Peña Nieto reaffirm joint cooperation

Mexico City, May 2 (EFE).- U.S. President Barack Obama said here Thursday that he supports the Mexican government's efforts to reduce violence in this country and emphasized that the bilateral relationship is "dynamic." Obama said at a joint press conference after his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto that the two leaders agreed to continue the countries' tight security coordination.

China's experience worth learning: Mexican President

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said here Saturday that China's economy is growing rapidly and its experience in this regard is worth learning.During an interview with Xinhua in the southern Chinese city of Sanya,Pena Nieto praised Chinese government's endeavors in developing the country's economy, as the world economy is in recession.He said high-level mutual visits between Mexico and China will be further strengthened, including officials and entrepreneurs.A special agency would be set up in the economic department of Mexican government to handle Mexico-China tr

Peña Nieto touts Mexico's potential at Asian economic forum

Boao, China, Apr 7 (EFE).- Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Sunday defended his ambitious reform plans at the Boao Forum, known as the "Asian Davos." The reform plans will "unleash the economic potential" of Mexico and make it more attractive to Asian investors, the president said.

Mexico's Pena Nieto to launch drive to end hunger

MEXICO CITY, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto unveils his plans to eradicate extreme poverty on Monday, a blight affecting more than 10 percent of the population in Latin America's second biggest economy. Hoping to emulate the recent success of Brazil in lifting millions out of poverty, the 46-year-old Pena Nieto will kick off a "national crusade against hunger" in southern Mexico in Chiapas, one of the states hardest hit.
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