Mexico’s Lopez Obrador To Start New Leftwing Party
September 10, 2012 By Staff
Top Story — Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the leftwing candidate in the last two presidential elections in Mexico, announced Sunday he will start a new political party. Speaking at Mexico City’s main square, the Zócalo, López Obrador said he left the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD, in Spanish) “on the best of terms.” He will now begin consultations to create a new party with the Movement for National Regeneration, which supported his bid for the presidency this year.
The news brings uncertainty to Mexico’s political left, which has rallied behind López Obrador in the last two elections.
Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
- Despite the decrease in Mexican immigration to the United States, shootings on the border continue.
- Ex-President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo should be immune from a lawsuit filed in Connecticut over a massacre that took place during his presidency, the U.S. State Department is arguing in a court briefing.
- Russian tourism to Cuba is booming.
- Power failed in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday night, plunging the city and its suburbs into darkness.
- Puerto Rico’s iconic coral reefs are in sharp decline, the International Union for Conservation of Nature says in a new report.
- Haiti can expect to see a rise in cholera after Tropical Storm Isaac.
- The Hooker family spent five years struggling to complete an adoption in Guatemala after the country reformed its adoption law.
- The discovery of murdered school boys in El Salvador has made officials question the effectiveness of the country’s historic gang truce.
- Nicaragua’s San Cristóbal volcano erupted over the weekend, forcing the evacuation of 3,000 residents.
- Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA announced Friday that operations have resumed at the Paraguana refinery that caught fire last month.
- Venezuelan National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello said on Saturday that his Twitter account had been hacked by the right.
- Bolivian Vice President Alvaro García married journalist Claudia Fernández on Saturday in a temple constructed by Aymara peoples 3,000 years ago.
- An Indian guru has drawn a crowd of over 100,000 in Buenos Aires to mediate against violence and stress.
- Tiny Uruguay is emerging from the shadows of its giant neighbors, becoming a darling among investors and a model for democracy.
- A march in Santiago de Chile on Sunday to honor victims of former dictator Augusto Pinochet ended in violence.
- The merchants that once thrived on smuggling in the lawless triple border area where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet are now backing law and order.
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