Today thousands of Mexicans throughout the country will go to the polls today to elect local and state leaders as well as elect as a new president, bringing an end to one of the country’s bloodiest election campaign seasons.
Mario Alberto Chavez, a mayoral candidate said it best “Being an election candidate in Mexico is practically tantamount to a death penalty.” Since September 2017, 130 politicians were murdered including 48 political candidates, while many others were attacked. Over 200 political candidates have given up trying to get elected due to the threat of violence. Candidates challenging incumbents seem to be the most likely target.
The country of 130 million people and Latin America’s second largest economy will have a new president by the end of today and the odds-on-favorite is the populist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO and to others as the Bernie Sanders of the South.
The former left-leaning mayor of Mexico City and thrice-presidential candidate is leading in all polls indicating that his strong anti-corruption message hit home to a country reeling in it. The 64-year-old rebel created his own political party, the National Regeneration Movement or Morena for short, when he found all other parties too corrupt. The Tabasco native is considered an outsider from humble roots without political and business cronies to answer to, who can address inequality and the rampant violence plaguing mostly rural areas.
Lopez Obrador will face many challenges that include a tepid economy, a soaring murder rate, and of course a nasty neighbor to the north. The long-standing political parties, the PRI and PAN, are so unpopular many believe they can only murder their way into office.
And what does this presidential hopeful want for the people of Mexico:
“I have a dream that there isn’t emigration that Mexicans can work and be happy where they were born, where their family is, where their culture is.”
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