Mexico ruling party’s reform strengthens president ahead of 2018 vote

08/10/2017 Reuters

pena nieto wefMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A move by Mexico’s ruling party to allow an outsider to run for president strengthens the hand of beleaguered leader Enrique Pena Nieto, granting him more power to pick his own candidate and opening a path for his finance minister, Jose Antonio Meade.

Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) loosened its rules on Wednesday, allowing illustrious, non-party figures to lead the party in the 2018 vote and eliminating a requirement for candidates to have been 10-year party members.

A full party ballot on Saturday is likely to enshrine the statute.

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