Mexico’s ruling PRI weighs loosening party rules to open presidential field

08/07/2017 Reuters

EnriqueOchoaMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The head of Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) said on Monday that the PRI’s method for choosing its presidential candidate needs a shakeup, ahead of a key gathering this week when PRI members will decide on changing the rules.

Any change to the current system to allow a non-party, non-elected figure to helm the PRI’s presidential ticket is widely seen as benefiting Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade, who has served various cabinet posts in both PRI and conservative National Action Party (PAN) governments.

If PRI party members open a path on Saturday for the finance minister to compete in next year’s election, the bookish, technocratic Meade is likely to face current presidential front-runner, combative leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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