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Lopez Obrador returns to public life after heart attack, surgery

Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) is likely to rule in March whether the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), the left-wing movement headed by former presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, will be registered as an official political party.

If registration is granted, Morena is expected to launch candidates in state elections scheduled for July 6 in Nayarit and Coahuila.

Speaking last week in San Blas, Nayarit, a little over month after he suffered a heart attack and had  an angioplasty procedure, Lopez Obrador said Morena was obliged to become a political party because it represented “the only hope for millions of Mexicans and an instrument of struggle to change the country.”

However, many left-leaning Mexicans fear that the left-wing vote will be watered down if Morena enters the fray and competes with the established Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).

Lopez Obrador, who was the PRD’s presidential candidate in 2005 and 2011, dismisses such concerns and believes Morena will quickly overtake the PRD in the polls thanks to his base support around the country.  He resigned from the PRD in September 2012.


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