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Lopez Obrador presidency may disappoint Mexican left

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Subject

A profile of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Significance

With presidential elections due to take place in July 2018, the leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) is the only party so far to have a confirmed candidate. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will run for a third time, having come second on both previous occasions -- in 2006 and 2012 with his former Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). With the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) losing popularity, Lopez Obrador now looks well positioned for victory.

Impacts

  • Lopez Obrador’s mayorship of Mexico City gives some indication of how he might govern.
  • A reduction of petrol prices could quickly garner him favour.
  • Rejection of an alliance with the PRD could lose him crucial votes in 2018.
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