Monday 23 July 2018

Mexicans ready for change in historic poll

Outgoing leader Enrique Pena Nieto has had the lowest poll ratings since records began. Photo: AP
Outgoing leader Enrique Pena Nieto has had the lowest poll ratings since records began. Photo: AP

Harriet Alexander in Ciudad Juarez

Mexicans yesterday voted to choose their new president in the most significant election in a generation.

With corruption and violence soaring, the new leader will also have to deal with US president Donald Trump's attacks on Mexico and the Nafta trade deal.

Outgoing leader Enrique Pena Nieto has had the lowest poll ratings since records began, and been dogged by a series of scandals.

Mexico is united in a desire for change, but divided on how to achieve it.

Leading the polls is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (64), a veteran left-wing populist making his third attempt at the presidency, who has promised to work with Mr Trump "with dignity".

He is trailed by Ricardo Anaya, a 39-year-old lawyer from PAN - a party whose leader in the senate announced on the eve of the vote that Mr Anaya was "a danger to Mexico", and was promptly expelled.

Up to 100 candidates and officials have been murdered in the run-up to the elections.

On the eve of the vote, an Acapulco drug cartel warned that if anyone meddled with the electoral process, "we will come for you".

Irish Independent

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