"For six years I worked to promote the great transformations that the country required, I always privileged dialogue, understanding and agreement," argued the Mexican President.
In a video recorded in Los Pinos, Mexican presidential house, Peña Nieto argued that he "sought to advance without dividing, to modernize without imposing, to transform without destroying." Adding that during his government the respect for liberties was one of the priorities.
"I respected, at all times, the freedom of expression and the right to criticize and dissent, convinced that in Mexico there is no place for impositions," he said. Before concluding that "the responsibilities are temporary, the love for our country is permanent."
However, this Sexenio (six years presidential term) has been one of the most abject ones in Mexico's history, according to several political and social analysts. Enrique Peña Nieto will hand over the presidency to left-wing Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on Saturday, Dec. 1st.
Also on Thursday, the National Network of Civil Organizations of Human Rights: All Rights for All (Red TDT) presented a report evaluating the Peña Nieto's administration on human rights issues. According to the Red TDT there were "161 defenders and 40 journalists murdered with impunity between December 2012 and November 2018." Gustavo Mohme president of the Inter-American Press Association (SIP/IAPA), stated that 11 journalists have been killed in Mexico, only in 2018.
The government of Enrique Peña Nieto has been marked by violence, 6 kidnappings every day adding 11,769 kidnappings during the six years of government, and over 24 thousand killings only during the last 10 months of 2018.
"The balance of this presidential term is more than 37 thousand people disappeared and almost 120 thousand murdered, 8 femicides daily, an unprecedented migration crisis, more than 500 socio-environmental conflicts," stated the Red TDT.
According to Alfredo Elizondo, coordinator of Gesoc, President Enrique Peña Nieto's presidency "was a lost six-year period in terms of social development." In 2017, 85 percent of social programs were listed as performing badly, or the data was opaque, according to the Agency for Development (Gesoc).
An investigation by the Mexican news outlet Sin Embargo showed that the government of Peña Nieto failed to accomplish 132 of the 266 promises notarized, amounting to 49.6 percent. His campaign slogan, “I sign it and I accomplish it for you,” turn out to be itself a mere promise.
Enrique Peña Nieto will leave office with the lowest approval ratings in three decades, with a 74 percent rate of disapproval according to Mitofsky polling company.