Mexico City, March 31: Mexico’s presidential race has officially begun with four contenders competing for the tion’s highest office. Leading in the polls is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a longtime leader of Mexico’s progressive sectors who has served as mayor of Mexico City and ran for the presidency twice before, reports Xinhua news agency.
Lopez Obrador is the candidate of the “Together We Will Make History” coalition comprised the tiol Regeneration Movement (MORE), a party he founded in 2014, the Workers’ Party (PT) and the Social Encounter Party (PES). His lead is largely fuelled by discontent with Mexico’s ruling Institutiol Revolutiory Party (PRI), whose candidate is former fince minister Jose Antonio Meade, currently in third place. The PRI is perceived as being soft on corruption, but with more than 70 uninterrupted years in power from 1929 to 2000 and again from 2012 to the present. Thus, the party’s strength lies in its powerful institutiol organization. (IANS)