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Weekly Report - 18 January 2018 (WR-18-02)

MEXICO: Politics turned upside down

Never have political and ideological distinctions been so blurred in Mexico. Ricardo Anaya was formally registered as the presidential candidate of the left-wing Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD) this week. Anaya, the former president of the right-wing Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), is heading the electoral coalition Por México al Frente forged between the PAN, PRD, and left-wing Movimiento Ciudadano (MC). Meanwhile Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the radical left-wing presidential candidate, appointed a former PAN federal deputy as his campaign coordinator and urged PAN supporters to vote for him. Both Anaya and López Obrador cited the same common denominator to reach beyond the customary political dividing lines: combating corruption.

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