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Weekly Report - 07 December 2017 (WR-17-48)

MEXICO: Meade coronation ignites presidential contest

José Antonio Meade registered as a presidential pre-candidate for the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) at a large gathering of senior party officials and members on 3 December. The fanfare surrounding the event confirmed that Meade will not face an internal challenge. Meade’s unopposed ascension to the PRI candidacy has put the opposition coalition Frente Ciudadano por México (FCM) on the back foot. The PRI, however, sees Meade’s main rival as being the maverick leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who grabbed headlines at the weekend by mooting the offer of an amnesty to leaders of drug trafficking organisations (DTOs) in order to try and improve the parlous public security situation in Mexico.

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