Mexico Gets 1st Female Indigenous Presidential Candidate

5/28/2017 New York Times

Victor Camacho/La Jornada

MEXICO CITY — A council of Mexican indigenous groups backed by the Zapatista rebels on Sunday selected a Nahua woman as the country’s first indigenous female presidential candidate.

The Indigenous Governance Council picked Maria de Jesus Patricio to run in the 2018 election, issuing a statement saying that “we will seek to put her name on the ballot.” Because the council is not a registered political party, it may need signatures to get Patricio on the ballot.

The council called for an “anti-capitalist and honest” government. “We don’t seek to administer power; we seek to dismantle it,” it said.

Local media described Patricio as a traditional healer from the western state of Jalisco.

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