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Montevideo, September 24th 2018 - 17:36 UTC

Leading Mexican senator joins presidential hopeful Lopez Obrador

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018 - 07:46 UTC
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The decision by Cuevas, head of the Senate’s foreign relations committee, represents a win for Lopez Obrador as he seeks to oust the ruling PRI The decision by Cuevas, head of the Senate’s foreign relations committee, represents a win for Lopez Obrador as he seeks to oust the ruling PRI

Mexican opposition Senator Gabriela Cuevas said on Sunday she will leave the center-right National Action Party (PAN) to join the campaign of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who leads polls ahead of July’s presidential election.

 The decision by Cuevas, who is head of the Senate’s foreign relations committee, represents a win for Lopez Obrador as he seeks to oust the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in his third attempt to clinch the presidency.

“I’ve decided to join the movement that Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has created,” Cuevas told reporters as she announced her departure from the party she had been with since she was 15. In a statement, the PAN said Cuevas chose to leave after it was unable to guarantee her a federal representative’s position in the future.

The PAN has entered into an electoral alliance with the center-left Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), with former PAN leader Ricardo Anaya at its head. The coalition has put a squeeze on the number of safe seats the PRD and PAN can each distribute among leading politicians.

Lopez Obrador, or AMLO as he is commonly known, has vowed to combat inequality and corruption. But some international investors are concerned by suggestions that he might reverse parts of the government’s 2013-14 energy legislation, which ended a decades-long monopoly by state oil firm Pemex.

Anaya’s coalition is second in opinion polls, and PRI contender Jose Antonio Meade is in third place, weighed down by the PRI’s poor record on corruption.

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  • British_Kirchnerist

    Good, even if I wouldn't trust her as far as i could throw her - shows its Obrador and the left who have momentum in Mexico, and no wonder the pro-US side aren't winning in the age of Trump!

    Jan 23rd, 2018 - 09:30 am +1
  • pgerman

    And..on this side...from the political movement borne from a “coupe de'ete” and a fascist Lodge (GOU) Mr BK is waiting for “the left in Mexico”.

    On this corner, from the movement that decorated Francisco Franco, Alfredo Stroessneer, Augusto Pinochet, Batista, Nicolae Caucescu and Maduro, Mr. BK expects the “left momentum” in Mexico.

    From the party that organized and financed the terrorist organization “AAA” and forced to dissapear around 1.000 people during Isabel Peron presidency, Mr. BK rejects Donald Trump....

    Jan 23rd, 2018 - 11:44 am -2
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