The PRI, which governed Mexico for 71 consecutive years in the last century, doesn’t hold a majority in either chamber of Congress, requiring it to seek coalitions.

“There’s a tide, a wave of optimism that this government can get issues through Congress,”

Duncan Wood, the director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, said at a forum Jan. 9. Wood cited not only the education reform but also a pro-business labor reform that passed Congress last November, before Pena Nieto took office but with support from his transition team and the PRI.

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