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EZLN Support Patricio Martinez for 2018 Elections in Mexico

IN PICTURES:  Hundreds of indigenous representatives at the National Indigenous Congress in Mexico, elect Marie de Jesus Patricio Martinez as their independent candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in Mexico due in 2018.

Marie de Jesus Patricio Martinez is elected by the National Indigenous Congress in Mexico Sunday in San Cristobal de las Casas in the southeastern state of Chiapas. Patricio Martinez will run as their independent candidate for presidential elections in Mexico due 2018.

The assembly included delegates from 32 states, for a total of 848 delegates from 58 Mexican indigenous communities. Most notably, Patrico Martinez received the support of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, known by the Spanish acronym of EZLN. The EZLN has traditionally boycotted Mexican state politics.

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Maria de Jesus Patricio “Marichui” Martinez, is a member of Mexico
Maria de Jesus Patricio “Marichui” Martinez, is a member of Mexico's Nahua community of Tuxpan, in the state of Jalisco. She is a traditional doctor in her community, founder of the health center Calli Tecolhuacateca Tochan and a long-time leader in the Indigenous movement. Photo:Reuters
Hundreds of indigenous representatives took part in National Indigenous Congress elections on Sunday. Maria de Jesus Patricio “Marichui” Martinez
Hundreds of indigenous representatives took part in National Indigenous Congress elections on Sunday. Maria de Jesus Patricio “Marichui” Martinez's nomination was supported by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation Photo:Reuters
Maria de Jesus Patricio “Marichui” Martinez is the first candidate to be supported by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation  in over 2 decades
Maria de Jesus Patricio “Marichui” Martinez is the first candidate to be supported by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in over 2 decades Photo:Reuters
Now that Maria de Jesus Patricio “Marichui” Martinez  has been elected to run, her presidential campaign must be run  nationally, and her mandate must include making the Indigenous Government Council a self-governing body.
Now that Maria de Jesus Patricio “Marichui” Martinez has been elected to run, her presidential campaign must be run nationally, and her mandate must include making the Indigenous Government Council a self-governing body. Photo:Reuters
The Zapatista Army of National Liberation, known by it
The Zapatista Army of National Liberation, known by it's Spanish acronym EZLN, taking part in Sunday's National Indigenous Congress Photo:Reuters
The EZLN had an ideological separation from the Mexican state for over 2 decades, and refused to take part in activities of the state, including elections
The EZLN had an ideological separation from the Mexican state for over 2 decades, and refused to take part in activities of the state, including elections Photo:Reuters
On Sunday, the EZLN was one of the delegates from 32 states, for a total of 848 delegates from 58 Mexican Indigenous communities that took part in the National Indigenous Congress  .
On Sunday, the EZLN was one of the delegates from 32 states, for a total of 848 delegates from 58 Mexican Indigenous communities that took part in the National Indigenous Congress . Photo:EFE
The EZLN broke their over 2 decade long non-participation in Mexican politics to support Maria de Jesus Patricio “Marichui” Martinez
The EZLN broke their over 2 decade long non-participation in Mexican politics to support Maria de Jesus Patricio “Marichui” Martinez's presidential campaign. Photo:EFE
 National Indigenous Congress began Friday and concluded Sunday, in San Cristobal de las Casas in the southeastern state of Chiapas, Mexico
National Indigenous Congress began Friday and concluded Sunday, in San Cristobal de las Casas in the southeastern state of Chiapas, Mexico Photo:EFE
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