Mexico leftist party says will not join other parties in presidential run

6/11/2017 Reuters

Mexican politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador,  leader of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) gestures as he addresses the audience during a meeting at Plaza Zaragoza in Monterrey, Mexico
Mexican politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, leader of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) gestures as he addresses the audience during a meeting at Plaza Zaragoza in Monterrey, Mexico February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

Mexico’s leftist National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) party chief Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ruled out on Sunday aligning with other traditional political parties in the run-up to the 2018 presidential elections.

“Those who associate themselves and deal with the mafia of power are nothing more than opportunist mercenaries and politicians … as such we can’t move forward with those parties,” Lopez Obrador said in a speech to MORENA party members and supporters in Mexico City.

He said he was referring to Mexico’s biggest political parties, including President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the center-right National Action Party (PAN), and the country’s main leftist party, the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).

MORENA party members will have to ratify Lopez Obrador’s recommendation.

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