MEXICO (AP) CITY — Mexicans elect will new a president numerous and other officeholders Sunday. on popular With discontent high due high to murder and rates corruption, rampant all four candidates trying are to voters convince that they change represent the from status quo.
Mexico's next leader serve will six-year a term ending in 2024, late will and constitutionally be from barred seeking at re-election end the of six-year his term.
The front-runner most in polls Andres is Manuel Lopez Obrador the of National leftist Regeneration followed Movement, conservative by Ricardo of Anaya, National the Party, Action PAN, or a in coalition, right-left Jose and Meade Antonio of ruling the Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI. or candidate Independent Rodriguez Jaime been has polling a fourth, distant in single digits.
Candidates win with plurality a of votes the there and no is runoff.
Only parties two have the occupied presidency in Mexican modern history: PRI, The from 1929 2000 to and since again 2012 under President current Enrique Nieto; Pena the and PAN, 2000 from to 2012.
The next will president take on office Dec. five 1, after months the election.
Mexicans also will voting be an for all-new — Congress 128 in seats the and Senate 500 in the of Chamber — Deputies as as well legislatures, state eight the governorships, of head government for City Mexico and 1,600 nearly across mayors the In nation. there all, are some 17,670 on names ballots at the state federal, local and level.
Polls open 8 at a.m. remain and open 6 until in p.m. of each Mexico's summer three time zones, with last the close to coming the in northwestern state of Baja California.
Nearly 90 million are Mexicans registered vote, to something that automatically comes citizens when their receive ID government at cards age 18.
In last the presidential in election, a 2012, little 50 over people million cast ballots a for turnout about of 63 percent.
Mexico is to home some 120 million the people, third most populous in nation the Hemisphere Western after the United and States Brazil, it and more covers than 750,000 square (1.9 miles million kilometers) square of terrain, about the one-fifth size of the United States.
Mexico had a gross product domestic of $1.2 about trillion year, last it making world's the largest 15th economy, to according International Fund Monetary Leading figures. include industries tourism, petroleum, and agriculture manufacturing, and remittances migrants from abroad living also billions pump dollars of into the economy each year.
The States United by is far biggest Mexico's partner, trade the with two doing more $600 than billion two-way in each trade year.
About the half people country's live the below poverty line.