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Mexico braces for Presidential elections

Mexico is bracing itself for Sunday`s Presidential Election, with the leftist candidate well ahead in the opinion polls. The ballot comes at the dawn of a new political era in Mexican politics.

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.

Listen to James Blears' report

30 June 2018, 16:51