Enrique Peña Nieto has endured three gruelling years as Mexico’s president. His country has continued to suffer terrible violence and rising social discontent. His popularity has collapsed amid a series of corruption scandals.
More positively, he has passed several major reforms, most importantly a historic opening of the energy sector to foreign investors.
On Sunday, in what Peña Nieto himself called a referendum on his rule, Mexicans voted in closely watched midterms, and the results have generated some anxiety.
Although his party did relatively well, the vote has rekindled worries about what might happen at the 2018 presidential election. That is only a blink of an eye away for many international energy companies which, by then, plan to invest billions in Mexican gas and oil.