Peña Nieto announces transition team


Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s president-elect, has announced his 46-strong transition team. There are a number of younger, trusted aides included, many of whom have been with him since his time as governor of the State of Mexico. Economist Luis Videgaray, Peña Nieto’s former campaign manager, is to head the team and is seen as a future finance minister.

He has also included some of his party’s more experienced heavyweights. Jorge Ramirez Marin, who was formerly president of the lower house, has been brought in to oversee justice and security and Miguel Osorio, a past governor of Hidalgo, will coordinate political dialogue.

Peña Nieto has pledged to boost economic growth to about 6% per annum and raise around 15 million people out of poverty, but his reforms rely on his ability to do business with the National Action Party (PAN) of outgoing President Calderon. In return he will help Calderon fast track legislation to reform the labour laws, before the outgoing president leaves office.

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