Mexico election: why is the leftwing frontrunner so quiet on social issues?

Source: The Guardian

By  in Mexico City

In both of Mexico’s last two presidential elections, Julieta Brambila voted for Andrés Manuel López Obrador because she supported his plans to tackle corruption, curb poverty and overturn “neoliberal” economic policies.

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Polls ahead of this Sunday’s vote suggest that the silver-haired left-winger is finally on the brink of victory, but Brambila admits to some mixed feelings over his surprisingly conservative positions on social issues.

“I agree with a good part of his policies on the economy, combatting corruption and security,” said Brambila, who is a trans woman and professor of communications. “But on issues like diversity, I don’t think he – or any candidate – has any proposals.”

López Obrador, known as Amlo, has built a commanding lead, capitalizing on growing frustration over political corruption and rising violence.

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