Mexico opposition leaders eye possible election tie-up in 2018

5/20/2017 Reuters

PRDpanThe leaders of two of Mexico’s main opposition parties on Saturday floated the possibility of joining forces in the 2018 presidential elections to defeat the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The proposal by the heads of the center-right National Action Party (PAN) and center-left Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) could make it harder for the embattled centrist PRI to retain control of the presidency next year.

Pena Nieto, whose approval ratings have sagged to multi-year lows in recent months due to discontent over gang violence and corruption, is barred from a second term by the constitution.

A tie-up between the PAN and PRD, which together won well over 40 percent of the congressional vote in the 2012 election, could also put pressure on the current front-runner and twice runner-up Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who heads a new party.

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