Mexico subdued ahead of PRI resuming presidency

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Associated Press

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 7:04 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's former longtime governing party is planning little pomp and high security when it retakes the presidency Saturday.

A full week before the inauguration, the government began building a blocks-long enclosure of metal barricades around the lower house of Congress, where Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party will be sworn in.

He will then address the nation from the National Palace and retire to a hilltop castle inside a Mexico City park for lunch with visiting leaders.

There are no grandstands being built, no parades planned and no talk of which designer the new first lady will choose. Experts say the reticence appears designed to allay trepidation about the return of the party that exercised near-total control for 71 years, before losing the 2000 presidential election.

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