Sep 9, 2012

Ex-candidate quits Mexico's main leftist party

Sunday, September 9, 2012 

Houston Chronicle: MEXICO CITY (AP) — The man who led Mexico's main leftist party in the past two presidential elections announced Sunday he is leaving it behind and may start a new party, throwing uncertainty over the future of the nation's political left.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told supporters at a rally at Mexico City's main plaza that he is leaving the Democratic Revolution Party "on the best of terms." He also announced he is leaving the smaller Labor Party andCitizens' Movement, which also backed him in the July presidential election, when he finished second.
Lopez Obrador said he will begin consultations that would create a new party out of another, less formal organization that backed him, the Movement for National Regeneration.
The motives for the break were not clear, but it could complicate efforts for the left to rally again around a single candidate as it has in every election since 1988.
Lopez Obrador has been the most prominent figure within Democratic Revolution in recent years, one of only two people it has ever run for the presidency since forming in the wake of the fraud-tainted 1988 election. Read more.

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