Independent candidate, ex-1st lady Zavala leaves Mexico race

FILE - In this April 22, 2018 file photo, former first lady and independent presidential candidate Margarita Zavala waves to the press before the first of three debates among Mexico’s presidential candidates in Mexico City. Zavala said on Wednesday, May 16 that she is dropping out of the country’s July 1 presidential race. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexican independent candidate and former first lady Margarita Zavala says she is dropping out of the country's July 1 presidential race

MEXICO CITY — Mexican independent candidate and former first lady Margarita Zavala announced Wednesday she is dropping out of the country's July 1 presidential race.

Zavala had broken her longtime affiliation with the conservative National Action Party and qualified for the ballot as an independent.

But she has been polling in the single digits, far behind the three leading candidates.

Zavala made the announcement in a program taped for broadcast later Wednesday, but did not endorse any other candidate.

"I am withdrawing my candidacy on the principle of political honesty and a sense of congruency, but also to free up those people who have so generously supported me so that they can make the decision they need to make in this difficult race," Zavala said in a taped interview with the Televisa network.

The country's electoral institute has already started printing voting material for the July 1 race, so Zavala's name will apparently remain on the ballot.

Zavala split with National Action in part because it joined in a right-left alliance with the Democratic Revolution Party to support coalition candidate Ricardo Anaya.

Anaya, who is running second in the polls, had been courting Zavala's supporters.

After Zavala's announcement was made public, Anaya described her in his Twitter account as "a brave woman with principles."

"Her contributions to the country, and this race in particular, have been very valuable," Anaya wrote. "All my recognition to her and all her team."

However, bad blood between Zavala and Anaya make it doubtful whether all, or even most of her supporters, would transfer their votes to Anaya.

Anaya used his position as party leader — a post traditionally seen as an impartial referee among presidential contenders — to capture the candidacy for himself, something Zavala publicly complained about.

Zavala's husband, Felipe Calderon, was president from 2006 to 2012.

Four other candidates remain on the ballot. Polls indicate that left-leaning candidate Andres Manuel Lopez holds a comfortable lead in the race.

You may also like these

Afghans mourn, a day after massive truck bombing...

Jun 1, 2017

Afghans mourn loss of family members, friends and colleagues day after massive truck bombing in...

The Latest: Kabul mayor says bomb caused damage 4...

Jun 1, 2017

The city's acting mayor says the massive truck bombing in Kabul caused property damage as far as 4...

Pentagon: 2 US service members killed in...

Aug 2, 2017

Pentagon spokesman says suicide bombing attack on a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan has left...

US soldier killed in battle with IS in Afghanistan

Aug 17, 2017

US military says American soldier killed, several wounded in battle with Islamic State militants in...

US historian who spent decades in Afghanistan...

Sep 10, 2017

An American historian who spent decades in Afghanistan working to preserve the heritage of the...

About Us

The Journalist Report publishes timely news updates around the clock. We have a group of journalists around the globe to deliver the latest news around so that we can get our users connected.

Contact us: sales[at]

Subscribe Now!