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Leader of Mexico's leftist party calls it quits

Leader of Mexico's leftist party calls it quits
Monday, September 10, 2012 - 7:18am

The leader of Mexico's main leftist party announced sunday he's calling it quits. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said during a rally in Mexico City that he's leaving the Democratic Revolution Party "on the best of terms." Lopez Obrador said he may now start a new party out of another, less formal organization that supported him, the Movement for National Regeneration.

It's not clear the reasons behind the decision but it threatens to cause uncertainty in the future of the political left. Lopez Obrador lost the presidency in 2006 by less than one percentage point. In this year's presidential election, he finished seven points behind the winner Enrique Pena Nieto.

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