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Maria Zavala running for president of Mexico in 2018

Mexico City, Mexico — Margarita Zavala, Mexico’s former first lady and wife of former President Felipe Calderón, says she intends to run for the government’s top spot and not the leadership position of the National Action Party. Zavala has made her intentions known that she intends to run for president in the 2018 election.

“I will not contender for the leadership. The party has men and women able to rise to this challenge and I am confident that in the PAN we can make the best decision. For these reasons I have decided that in the times pointed out by the electoral law, I will seek the presidency of the Republic,” she said.

In her social media video, Zavala says she wants to build a national movement of citizens who have lost faith in Mexico’s politicians.

Although former President Felipe Calderón’s six-year term ended December 1, 2012, his wife continued to be an activist in the conservative National Action Party, PAN.

While PAN is a main opposition party, it lost seats in the recent June 7 midterm elections and is facing a leadership overhaul along with internal restructuring.

Zavala says that due to mediocre results obtained by the party in the recent midterm elections, PAN needs to find “a national leader of consensus” and narrow the gap between Mexico’s voters and its politicians. Many Mexican complain about corruption in the country’s government system. She says that she intends to reach out to those who no longer believe in the party system.

Zavala stressed, “I’m going to travel through the country, to listen to the people, to talk about our possibilities and what we want for the future. I am convinced that we can obtain in the election of 2018 a government that will dignify politics for the benefit of the citizens.”

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