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