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Maria de Jesus Patricio, presidential candidate for the National Indigenous Congress, campaigns with masked indigenous women, Chiapas, Mexico, Oct. 19, 2017 (AP photo by Eduardo Verdugo).

Mexico’s Independent Candidates Might Shake Up the 2018 Presidential Election

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

For the first time in Mexico’s modern democratic history, independent candidates without a party affiliation will be able to compete in a presidential election next year. The first three presidential races since 2000, when Mexico’s democracy was consolidated, required candidates to represent a registered political party.

A handful of presidential hopefuls with diverse political credentials and personal backgrounds met the mid-October deadline to register independent candidacies. They now aim to alter the political dynamics ahead of Mexico’s 2018 election, with potentially major repercussions for the country over the next six years. ...

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