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  • Leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) greets supporters during his campaign rally in Mexico City, Mexico May 2, 2018.

    Leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) greets supporters during his campaign rally in Mexico City, Mexico May 2, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 12 May 2018

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the former mayor of Mexico City, is running for the Mexican presidency for the third time.

Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, has promised voters that if elected, his agenda would not include policies promoting the privatization of water, healthcare, and other essential public services. The commitment was given during a tour of the municipalities of Pánuco, Tantoyuca, and Tuxpan Thursday.

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"Privatization policies are over. Water will not be privatized; health services will not be privatized," Lopez Obrador said. 

"How is it that you want to take water from Pánuco to Monterrey? With all due respect to the citizens of Nuevo León - for the business of some companies. No, not anymore, the privatization policy is finished," he added.

He also committed to meeting with members of the Employers Confederation of the Mexican Republic to discuss a combination of strategies to improve the country's economy but stated that he would firmly reject government policies or proposals, which led to the continuation of “influence and corruption” as tools of governance.

Lorenzo Cordova, president of the National Electoral Institute, was also criticized by Lopez Obrador, who called him "irresponsible" for saying that there's the possibility of a “closed result” come election night.

“He is very imprudent; it is the least that can be said,” he said.

The former mayor of Mexico City currently holds a five percentage point lead over his closest rival, Ricardo Anaya, according to the most recent poll issued by GEA-ISA Thursday. Lopez Obrador received 29 percent support in the polls conducted between April 28-30, up from 28 percent in a mid-March poll with Anaya’s support on 24 percent and Jose Antonio Meade on 20 percent.

Another poll conducted by BGC published on May 7, showed Lopez Obrador winning 42 percent support, up by two percentage points from a previous poll by the company published on April 20. In this poll, Anaya advanced one percentage point to 33 percent support, while Meade, slipped three points to 19 percent.

A third poll conducted by newspaper Reforma between April 26-30 and issued on May 2 showed Lopez Obrador winning 48 percent of the public's support, unchanged from a Reforma voter survey earlier in April. That polls showed his nearest rival, Anaya, had gained four points to register 30 percent support from those surveyed. Meade, the candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, remained in third place slipping one point to 17 percent.

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Lopez Obrador, however, holds a comfortable 14-point lead over Anaya in Bloomberg’s poll tracker, which reviews a series of surveys hoping to predict the elections most likely outcome. This average is, however, seven points lower than the 21 point average shown in April. 

This is Lopez Obrador's third presidential run. He has led the polls for months, capitalizing on widespread frustration over lukewarm economic growth, rampant corruption, and rising violence, according to Reuters.

Mexican voters, if not Mexicans in general, have also grown tired of a constant flow of insults and increased unjustified deportations due to the policies of United States President Donald Trump. Trump presence in the White House has also fueled greater support for AMLO than in previous campaigns.

On the campaign trail, Lopez Obrador has also pledged to review the country's arrangements with multinational oil and gas companies, explore an amnesty for and decriminalization of drugs, and challenge the country’s dominant “mafias.”


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