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Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

Excélsior columnist tries to put Saturday's inauguration, Sunday's Pacto por México in perspective

He says protests are causing people not to see the conciliatory moves President Enrique Peña Nieto is making

       Columnist Jorge Fernández Menéndez, in a column entitled "Reading Peña Nieto without Distortion," says violent protests against the new president are causing people not to see the conciliatory moves Peña Nieto is making.

     Fernández said the president's inaugural speech was full of conciliatory signals and is seeking to come to agreements with other parties to effect real change. He said Democratic Revolution Party leader Jesús Zambrano's decision to go ahead with Sunday's pact with Peña Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party and former President Felipe Calderón's National Action Party despite internal PRD opposition showed that Peña Nieto wants to move the nation forward. The pact prompted PRD deputies Gerardo Villanueva Albarrán and Rodrigo Chávez Contreras to quit the party's grouping in Congress. Fernández said some of the violent protests are being egged on by members of Andrés Manuel López Obrador's Morena, which recently split off from the PRD.

     Fernández said the teachers union actually does want to educate Mexico's children and is prepared to do away with practices where teaching positions are inherited or sold or given to people who are not properly prepared.

      Fernández said the TV industry understands that more competition is inevitable; the question is how to do it.