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Mexico City, Sept. 6 (EFE) – After a controversial process that included quarrels between the contenders, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that “everything went well” in the definition of the presidential candidacy of his party, the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), which will announce its candidate for the 2024 elections on Wednesday.
“In the end, it is the citizens who will decide, so they took into account my recommendations and everything went well. I hope that today, when they announce the result, I will find out like everyone else,” said the president in his morning press conference.
Morena, the party founded by López Obrador in 2011, conducted a face-to-face poll of 12,500 citizens to choose its presidential candidate for next year’s election out of six candidates.
The best-known of the hopefuls are former Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum and former foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard. The list is completed by former Secretary of the Interior Adán Augusto López, former leader of the senators of Morena Ricardo Monreal, senator on leave from the Green Party Manuel Velasco, and senator on leave from the Labor Party Gerardo Fernández Noroña.
The internal contest was marked by controversy, as Ebrard denounced “incidents and problems” in the poll and accused officials from Morena, Mexico City and the federal government of using public resources to rally voters in favor of Sheinbaum, who had been leading the polls from the beginning.
On the other hand, López Obrador claimed that there were no fights between the candidates, who he suggested ” should not to debate among themselves” because “the debate must be held with the people.”
Morena’s candidate will face Senator Xóchitl Gálvez in the June 2024 elections, who assumed leadership of the opposition party, Broad Alliance for Mexico, last Sunday.EFE