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New Mexican president sworn in amid protests

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 1, 2012 at 11:51 a.m.

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In this image released by the press office of president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto on Saturday Dec. 1, 2012, Mexico's outgoing president, Felipe Calderon, left, gives a Mexican flag to president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto during the official transfer of command ceremony at the National Palace in Mexico City, Saturday Dec. 1, 2012. Pena Nieto will be officially sworn in as Mexico's new President during a ceremony at the National Congress later on Saturday.

— Enrique Pena Nieto has taken the oath of office as Mexico’s new president, bringing the old ruling party back to power after a 12-year hiatus.

His Institutional Revolutionary Party ruled for 71 years with a mix of populist handouts, graft and rigged elections before being voted out and replaced by the conservative National Action Party in 2000.

Pena Nieto has promised to govern democratically with transparency.

His swearing in was marred Saturday by protesters outside the Congress lobbing homemade bombs and firecrackers and shouting: “Mexico without the PRI!”

Before the swearing in, leftist congressmen inside the chambers demanded to know what was going on in the crowds and urged police to use restraint. Congressman Rafael Huerta of the Labor Party urged the new government to protect the people.

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