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Scoop Link: Mexico President Stresses Continuity

By JOHN RICE, Associated Press Writer

MEXICO CITY (AP) - President-elect Vicente Fox sought Monday to reassure a country giddy, stunned and a bit fearful of what it had done - elected an opposition candidate for the first time in more than a century.

``We cannot fail because we have awakened too many expectations, too many dreams and desires,'' Fox said in a broadcast Monday on independent Radio Red.

Fox stressed continuity, saying he would meet with outgoing President Ernesto Zedillo to discuss the unprecedented transition. Still, the impact of his victory in Sunday's election will be felt throughout Mexican society, which is woven with groups tied to the defeated Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Fox said he would form ``a very transparent, accountable government. We will have moral authority and democratic legitimacy.''

Later, he met with Zedillo at the presidential residence and said they agreed to work together for a peaceful and orderly transition and to formulate together the budget proposal that Zedillo must send to Congress before Fox takes office.

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