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Candidates face off for final debate ahead of Mexico's presidential vote

13 June 2018

Mexico's presidential candidates laid out their visions for the nation in a third and final televised debate on Tuesday (June 12). The ruling PRI candidate, former finance minister Jose Antonio Meade, kept to his campaign message of economic growth and poverty reduction. But he finds himself aligned with the unpopular government of President Enrique Pena Nieto. Ricardo Anaya, who is heading a right-left coalition, vowed during the debate to bring Pena Nieto and Meade to justice following a series of corruption allegations. 64-year-old leftist Lopez Obrador brushed off the attacks from his rivals. He has run on a popular platform to disrupt the ruling political class in Mexico. According to an opinion poll earlier this week, Lopez Obrador has a double-digit lead over his rivals with 37.2 percent of support. General elections are scheduled to be held in Mexico on 1 July 2018.