Mexican hopeful changes image for his second run at presidency

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/28/2012

When Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador lost the presidential election by a sliver of a percent in July 2006, he cried fraud. His supporters took to the streets, and the most fervent blocked the capital city’s major boulevard for weeks.

After the protests, there were more protests. Mr. Lopez Obrador donned the presidential sash, declared himself the legitimate leader of Mexico and called on all Mexicans not to recognize the victor, Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party.

Many of Mr. Lopez Obrador’s voters have never forgiven him for the spectacle.

Now the former mayor of Mexico City is back for a second run, this time as the less confrontational Democratic Revolutionary Party candidate who calls for a “loving republic,” as he seeks to repackage himself as the wise uncle Mexico needs to take itself into the 21st century.

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