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Japan congratulates Mexico's newly elected president.

TOKYO, July 3 Kyodo

Japan congratulated Vicente Fox on Monday on his victory in Sunday's presidential election in Mexico, and expressed hope of deepening ties between the two countries.

''We hope that Mexico will continue to play an important role as a member of the Asia-Pacific nations, while our two nations deepen their traditionally friendly relations,'' Foreign Ministry spokesman Ryuichiro Yamazaki said in a statement.

Yamazaki said Japan also hopes the new government under President-elect Fox ''will continue the course of modernization and democratization led by an economic liberalization policy.''

In securing his victory, Fox, of the conservative National Action Party, ended the 71-year rule of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.
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Date:Jul 10, 2000
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