MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Two of the four Mexican presidential candidates launched their campaigns on Friday as the country rejects the party that ruled most of the last century for corruption scandals and will favor a left-wing dissident.
Pre-election opinion polls on July 1 show Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with a big lead, opposition mainstream opposition and ruling party candidate far behind.
Runner-up Ricardo Anaya, running for the right-to-left coalition "For Mexico in Front," launched his campaign on Friday just after midnight and hosted a hackathon for 1,000 young people working on solutions to corruption and violence.
"Mexico will change," Anaya told the crowd of cheering young people. "This corrupt government has counted their days."
Monica Vargas, a 22-year-old literary student from central Tlaxcala, said she supported Anaya because she was listening to young people. She said many of her classmates left college for lack of money.