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Front-runner in Mexico race pledges plurality

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MEXICO CITY (AP) -

The front-running candidate in the race for Mexico's July 1 presidential election is pledging to respect transparency and plurality if elected, things his Institutional Revolutionary Party was not known for during 71 years in power.

The party known as the PRI was often accused of vote fraud, repression and corruption when it held Mexico's presidency without interruption from 1929 to 2000.

PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto says his 10-point "democratic presidency" pledge is aimed at intellectuals, NGOs and students, many of whom protested over the weekend against a possible return of the PRI.

A document released by Pena Nieto promises to respect human rights, free speech and the right to protest. It pledges support for fair elections, religious liberty and respect for the independence of the legislative and judiciary branches.

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