Opposition tie-ups key to capturing Mexico presidency: PRD chief

6/8/2016  Reuters

180036282_783e612615_oMexico’s main leftist party will weigh tying up with conservative rivals to wrest power in 2018, after their successful alliance handed President Enrique Pena Nieto a beating in state elections, its leader said on Wednesday.

On Sunday, the Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, teamed up with the center-right National Action Party (PAN) to inflict one of the worst ever electoral defeats on Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

The 12 contests took place in the most fragmented political landscape in modern Mexican history and PRD Chairman Agustin Basave said in an interview no party would be able to win the next presidential elections without doubling up.

“I don’t rule out any potential alliance,” he said. “What I rule out is going it alone.”

For 71 consecutive years the PRI ruled Mexico via a mix of political patronage, corruption and authoritarianism until it was voted out in 2000. In 2012, the party retook the top job under Pena Nieto and will try to hang onto the post in Mexico’s 2018 general election.

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