Interview: Vision for change returns Mexico's PRI to power: lawmaker

2012-12-23 06:57:48 GMT2012-12-23 14:57:48(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- A clear vision for a different future has helped return Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to power after 12 years, a senior lawmaker says.

"The new government offers a clear path toward achieving change," PRI legislator Javier Trevino Cantu told Xinhua in a recent interview.

The government, under the leadership of President Enrique Pena Nieto, has set a goal of boosting growth after seeing years of mediocre growth rates of 2 percent, the lowest in Latin America.

"The government seeks to achieve all the necessary structural reforms to generate growth that the country requires so we can create one million new jobs each year," said Trevino, who holds a master's degree from Harvard University.

Pena Nieto already has signed a broad pact with the leading political parties on such reforms as security and justice, education, employment, transparency and anti-corruption.

The new president, Trevino said, seeks to govern in a way that cares about the people and "wants social policy to be his government's bedrock."

Trevino called the new cabinet "a very experienced government team that is completely committed to the people's need."

The government also aims to reassert Mexico's role in global affairs, he said, urging action to make up for lost time and revive its fading profile.

He stressed the importance of Mexico's international relations, especially with China, the world's second largest economy.

"In terms of political, cooperation and economic ties, China is a main player in the world and Mexico has maintained a privileged relationship with the Asian country for many years," Trevino said.

The lawmaker said it is important for Mexico to keep close ties with China to further their cooperation.

During Pena Nieto's tenure, Trevino said, Mexico was expected to see lower crime rates and heightened social security, creating a environment conducive to development.

To achieve this, he suggest that the government promote social equality and welfare network.

"We are making progress, especially toward a pension for people older than 65 and insurance for mothers of single-parent households," he said.

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