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Will Mexicans embrace AMLO’s new left-wing party?

January 25, 2013

Members of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement (Morena) are collecting signatures in downtown Guadalajara and across Mexico in a bid to register the organization as an official political party.

To register under the Code of Electoral Institutions and Procedures (Cofipe), any new party requires the signatures of 3,000 members in 20 different states or 300 members in 200 electoral districts. Once registered, Morena would then have to win at least two percent of the vote in the 2015 federal elections in order to remain registered.

Having split with the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and the Citizen’s Movement following defeat to Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in last year’s presidential election, Lopez Obrador sees Morena as a means of prolonging his political career.

He should find sufficient signatures to register Morena, having spent years touring every municipality in the country and building up a grass-roots support base after suffering a narrow loss to Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party (PAN) in the 2006 election.

However, he remains a divisive character unlikely to lead Mexico’s left in another election, with Marcelo Ebrard, the former mayor of Mexico City, appearing the most promising future candidate.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2013 15:21

    I have a lot of respect for AMLO , I know he is beloved by many in Mexico and Though the 06 election was stolen another presidential run for him probably will not succeed the left needs a new candidate and one that all left party’s can unifie in support of to have a winning chance

  2. January 26, 2013 16:52

    I feel much the same. Think he probably won in 06 but he alienated too many supporters in the ensuing protests and the left needs a fresh, untainted face now.

  3. Emmy Essen permalink
    March 14, 2013 16:37

    Ebrard is not the man to replace AMLO as the report suggests; he has been outed as a supporter of PRIAN politics, betraying the achievements of the Left, especially in el DF. AMLO is not divisive as the report states. The country is divided by poverty and the dictatorial-like regime of the PRIAN which, in capitalist class unity with the country’s oligarchy, is using the country’s resources to build up their own individual wealth, and by controlling both fact and fiction in México through Televisa, are untouchable.

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