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  • Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement speaks during the presentation of his shadow cabinet for the July 2018 presidential election, in Mexico City, Mexico December 14, 2017.

    Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement speaks during the presentation of his shadow cabinet for the July 2018 presidential election, in Mexico City, Mexico December 14, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 29 January 2018

The politician, known by his initials AMLO, was the former mayor of Mexico City who is set to run for president in Mexico for the third time.

Leftist contender Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is leading the race to win Mexico’s July presidential election with the support of 32 percent of the voters, a survey by polling firm Buendia & Laredo showed on Monday.

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In second place, with 26 percent support, is Ricardo Anaya, the former head of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), who is leading a right-left coalition into the race, according to the poll published in newspaper El Universal.

Back in third, with 16 percent backing, is Jose Antonio Meade, the former finance minister aiming to secure the nomination of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

Lopez Obrador has been an outspoken critic of U.S. President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies and proposals and has vowed to raise awareness in Mexico and the U.S. about the state of immigrants’ rights.

His campaign for the left-wing Morena party will be focused on tackling inequality and corruption, and he has also promised to increase the minimum wage and pensions, guarantee jobs and schooling for over 2.5 million youth, and tackle violence, among other proposals.

Lopez Obrador ran for president with the PRD in 2006 against Felipe Calderon and again in 2012 against current President Enrique Peña Nieto, both of the PRI. Both elections were mired in controversy and hotly contested.

After the 2012 election, Lopez Obrador withdrew from the PRD and formed his own political party, Morena.


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