The results of a public opinion survey published last week seem to be consistent with previous polls showing former Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with a commanding lead over the field ahead of the July 1 presidential election.

A man carries a sign reading in Spanish "No more impunity, no more corruption, no more lies, no more death, no more 'historic abuses,' no more EPN," as thousands marched in anger against the government of Enrique Pena Nieto following a 20 percent rise in gas prices, in Mexico City, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexican voters are tired of corruption and declining living standards, giving away local properties to foreign business gangsters that avoid paying taxes.

Should his lead hold up, Lopez Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement, will be signaling an end to two-party rule in Mexico, and will break the electoral stranglehold of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) — which was born out of the the Mexican Revolution, nearly some 100 years ago.

But, the National Action Party (PAN), a corporatist right-wing party that interrupted the PRI’s 71-year rule with the election of Vicente Fox in 2000.

Facing a raft of problems, including organized crime, growing violence, deepening poverty, a health care crisis and rampant corruption — voters in Mexico are preparing to abandon the duopoly that has governed the country for nearly a century to elect as president a “Bernie Sanders-like” populist.

Mexicans have seen their living standards decline since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994.

Simultaneously, lawlessness and human rights violations in post-NAFTA Mexico have skyrocketed, as politicians from the PRI and PAN have served the interests of narco-traffickers, criminal cartels, and a corporate elite in the USA.

The 64-year-old Lopez Obrador, who has twice run unsuccessfully for the presidency, is the most visible leftist politician in Mexico and has largely benefited from the public’s disapproval of Peña Nieto’s handing of relations with their North American neighbor.

Mint / AA Magnum Analyst Blog Site News 2018.


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