Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Dubbed AMLO by the press, Andrés Manuel López Obrador is the founder and current leader of the Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional (MORENA) party. He received a bachelor's in political science and public administration from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). López Obrador was named director of the Indigenous Institute in Tabasco in 1977. He ran for governor of the state of Tabasco in 1988 and 1994 but lost both races, maintaining that the elections were fraudulent. López Obrador’s political profile continued to rise in 1996 after he was featured on national television during a protest advocating for the rights of the indigenous people who were harmed by pollutants expelled from Pemex oil wells.
López Obrador headed the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD) party chapter in the state of Tabasco upon its formation in 1986. He later went on to serve as the party’s president from 1996 to 1999 before serving as the head of government of Mexico City from 2000 to 2005. López Obrador has been famously vocal about his interest in the presidency since his candidacy in the 2006 and 2012 presidential elections; he lost the 2006 election by a margin of only 0.58 percent. López Obrador is considered to be the frontrunner in the field of presidential hopefuls.