Mex­ico’s ex-first lady plans to run for pres­i­dent

Gulf News - - AMERICAS -

Mex­i­can for­mer first lady Mar­garita Zavala said Thurs­day she will try to col­lect more than 866,000 sig­na­tures to run as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date for pres­i­dent next year.

Zavala is the wife of ex­pres­i­dent Felipe Calderon, who gov­erned from 2006 to 2012. She has for­mally reg­is­tered her can­di­dacy and will need to col­lect the huge quan­tity of sig­na­tures in just over half of Mex­ico’s states by Fe­bru­ary 12.

“I know well that the path we have taken will be dif­fi­cult,” Zavala said as she reg­is­tered, adding that she was putting her­self “in the hands of the cit­i­zens.”

The for­mer first lady re­signed last week from the con­ser­va­tive Na­tional Ac­tion Party, call­ing its lead­er­ship anti-demo­cratic.

A to­tal of 39 peo­ple, rang­ing from the prac­ti­cally un­known to the cur­rent gover­nor of the bor­der state of Nuevo Leon, have pre­reg­is­tered as in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates for the coun­try’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tions on July 1, 2018. All would still need to col­lect the same num­ber of sig­na­tures to ap­pear on the bal­lot.

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