By James Blears
It`s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador`s third attempt to become President, and this time, all the indications are that it`ll happen.
The opinion polls give him a comfortable double digit lead. If he wins, he`ll be the first left wing President in Mexico`s history.
A daunting set of challenges face the new President. Last year 25,000 people were murdered in Mexico, mostly by drug cartels. Mexico`s ongoing Drug War is in its twelfth year, and the economy is mostly stagnant.
Lopez Obrador has vowed to tackle widespread corruption and better streamline administer top heavy bureaucracy. A puritan by nature, he`s declared if he wins, he won`t live in the President Palace, but turn it into a National Park.
Peppery by nature, many wonder about the future of bi-lateral relations with Washington, and if the North American Free Trade Agreement will be finally re-negotiated. Lopez Obrador suffered a major heart attack four years ago, so health could be an issue if he wins and embarks on the six year Presidential term.