viernes, 22 de junio de 2012

Mexican candidate urges vote against corruption

Leftist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador said in Mexico City on 22 June that Mexicans had a choice when voting in 1 July presidential polls between living under corruption and a "new life" based on "honesty" represented by his programme, Notimex reported. López Obrador is the candidate of a coalition including his own Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) and the PT or Workers' Party. Television polls whose accuracy López Obrador and others have challenged, put him behind the leading candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto of the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Many fear the PRI might restore a regime of corruption and secretiveness that came to characterise its 70-year rule in the 20th century. López Obrador said "we'll find out if people want more of the same or real change, which we represent. That is why they are frightening people into not voting for our proposals." He was likely referring to claims he would turn to left-wing populism in the manner of Venezuela's Hugo Chávez. The main element of any reform he said was "fighting corruption, as this is destroying Mexico." He said he lived like "the majority of" Mexicans, without the "luxury" lifestyle he attributed to leading PRI members Peña Nieto and party president Pedro Joaquín Coldwell.