British Labour leader and self-proclaimed socialist Jeremy Corbyn met with one of Mexico’s most prominent politicians and candidate in the 2018 presidential race, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in the capital of the southeastern Mexican state of Tabasco.
Lopez Obrador, known in Mexico by his initials AMLO, posted about the meeting in Villahermosa on his Facebook account Saturday.
“We talked extensively about the beautiful dream of realizing a world government based on justice and fraternity,” the Mexican politician wrote.
In November, Lopez Obrador launched his campaign for the 2018 elections in his third run for president — this time as a candidate for his left-wing Morena party and with a brand new platform focused on tackling inequality and corruption.
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The well-known politician already ran for president with the Party of the Democratic Revolution, also known as the PRD, in 2006 against Felipe Calderon and again in 2012 against current President Enrique Peña Nieto, both of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. Both elections were mired in controversy and hotly contested.
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After the 2012 election, Lopez Obrador withdrew from the PRD and formed his own political party, the Movement for National Regeneration or Morena.
His 50-point platform includes plans to increase the minimum wage, increase pensions, slash salaries for top elected officials, guarantee jobs and schooling for over 2.5 million youth, overhaul Mexico’s relationship with the United States, revamp the national strategy to tackle violence, undo controversial structural reforms, reactivate the agricultural sector and scrap highly contested plans for building a new airport for Mexico City.
Corbyn, on the other hand, has a long history of solidarity with left-wing movements in Latin America. In his bid for leadership of the Labour Party, he drew support from a group called Latinos With Corbyn, which praised the politician’s support for progressive struggles in Latin America.
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