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Enrique Peña Nieto Claims Victory In Mexican Presidential Election

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EL DIARIO, EL INFORMADOR (Mexico) L.A. TIMES (USA)

MEXICO CITY - Though his main challenger has yet to concede defeat, Enrique Peña Nieto appears set to become Mexico's next President, which would mark a return to power after 12 years for his Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

Mexico's federal elections commission is reporting that Peña Nieto leads with 38% of the votes, six points ahead of his nearest rival, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Peña Nieto did not hesitate in claiming victory Sunday night after the results were announced based on sample polling, though just a fraction of the votes have actually been counted. "It is time for us to look for national unity and to construct our future in a totally democratic system," he was quoted as saying in Mexican daily El Diario.

High on the centrist leader's agenda is the fight against the deadly drug cartels that have overrun large swaths of Mexico in recent years, as well as the country's sluggish economic growth. Outgoing President Calderon has already congratulated Peña Nieto's for his victory and offered his support to his successor.

The charismatic 45-year-old lawyer was governor of the State of Mexico from 2005 to 2011; and as the Los Angeles Times reports, Peña Nieto's win would bring back to power the party that ruled Mexico for 70 years, until its defeat in 2000 by Vicente Fox.

Meanwhile, Lopez Obrador, the second-ranked candidate, is refusing to admit defeat. According to El Informador, he is criticising the way elections have been organised, as well as the media coverage. He had already come second in the last 2006 Mexican elections, at less than one percentage point behind Felipe Calderon.

El Sol de Tampico reports that at least 300 people Sunday were shut out from voting at Tampico's Francisco Javier Mina airport because there were not enough ballots.

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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