Updated 06:07 PM EST, Tue, Jan 25, 2022

Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Front-runner Candidate for Mexico's 2018 Presidential Elections?

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Together with his political party, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, popularly called "AMLO", hosted an event on July 1, 2017 in order to celebrate the signature of a document "for the unity, the prosperity, the people and the rebirth of Mexico."

"We are on the eve of achieveing a transformation for our nation," the leader of the Movement for National Regeneration (Morena) declared to the thousands of sympathizers that showed up to the event in Merida, Yucatan. 

During his hour-long speech AMLO said that July 1, 2018 would define a fourth transformation in the history of Mexico, since before this, "there were three major movements: the Mexican independence; the reforms of Juarez; and the Mexican Revolution," he said. 

AMLO who was the front-runner to succeed Vicente Fox in the 2006 general elections lost to Felipe Calderon by a historically razor thin margin. History repeated itself in the 2012 elections when Obrador who was a front-runner lost again to Enrique Peña Nieto. 

Based on two polls in April 2017 from major Mexican media outlets - El Universal and Excelsior - AMLO and his Morena political party are currently front-runners for the 2018 general elections.

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