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Mexico senator quits party to join leftist presidential frontrunner

From Reuters - January 21, 2018

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican opposition Senator Gabriela Cuevas on Sunday said she will leave the center-right National Action Party (PAN) to join the campaign of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who leads polls ahead of Julys presidential election.

The decision by Cuevas, who is head of the Senates foreign relations committee, represents a win for Lopez Obrador as he seeks to oust the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in his third attempt to clinch the presidency.

Ive decided to join the movement that Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has created, Cuevas told reporters as she announced her departure from the party she had been with since she was 15.

In a statement, the PAN said Cuevas chose to leave after it was unable to guarantee her a federal representatives position in the future.

The PAN has entered into an electoral alliance with the center-left Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), with former PAN leader Ricardo Anaya at its head.

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