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PAN, PRD Leaders Launch Discussions on Common Front for 2018 Mexican Elections

LADB Article ID: 80372
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-08-09
By: Carlos Navarro

The leaders of most opposition parties in Mexico are working to forge a broad coalition to challenge the governing Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) in the 2018 presidential and congressional elections. The concept has received the support of at least one PRI member, former party leader Manlio Fabio Beltrones, who has said that Mexico’s political system must broaden its scope to regain relevance among voters. Conversely, one prominent opposition figure, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena), has shot down the idea. López Obrador is leading the very early public opinion polls, partly on the premise that his strong personality is necessary to counter the bullying tactics that US President Donald Trump has employed against Mexico. The move by the conservative and center-left opposition parties to form coalitions has worked in several state elections since 2010. A coalition between the conservative and center-left parties must overcome many obstacles, starting with the creation of a common platform on which all participants could run. Another A major challenge for the FAD would be the choice of candidates, particularly for the presidency, and disagreement on this front could become a deal breaker.

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