Mexican Presidential Election Crib Sheet #2: Who Are the Candidates?

A Handy Video Guide to Mexico’s Presidential Hopefuls, Courtesy of MexElects

Source: altonnivel.com

In the second of our MexElects crib-sheet series, we take a look at the candidates running in this year’s presidential election in Mexico:

  • Andrés Manuel López Obrador, from MORENA;
  • Ricardo Anaya, with the PAN-PRD;
  • and José Antonio Meade, from the governing PRI.

Note: each of these parties is running in coalition with one or more smaller parties, which we will discuss further along (sticking to the basics here, for the moment!).

A new feature in this year’s presidential election is the presence of independent candidates, which Mexico is allowing for the first time. Since this video was posted, the filing deadline has passed to hand in the signatures required to get on the ballot, and the National Electoral Institute (INE) is validating the authenticity of the signatures to see which candidates qualify. Unfortunately, the indigenous candidate María de Jesús “Marichuy” Patricio Martínez did not collect enough signatures and, thus, will not appear on the ballot on July 1.

So without further ado, here comes the second video in our introductory series. If you haven’t seen part one on Progressive Army, please click here. The third video will discuss the major issues in this year’s campaign. ¡Hasta luego!

Video Source: mexelects.com

Written by Kurt Hackbarth

Kurt Hackbarth is a writer, playwright and journalist working in both English and Spanish, making him highly suspect and potentially un-American. Managing partner of Big Amp Media. Denied entry to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Kurt wandered the city, seeking inspiration in street food and bands before being discovered in a corner of FDR Park, talking to himself.

Kurt is a Writer for Progressive Army.

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Mexican Presidential Election Crib Sheet #2: Who Are the Candidates?