Obrador to campaign from prison
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's controversial presidential favorite Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday jail would be a dignified place for him to protest what he says is a political tactic to oust him from 2006 presidential elections.
Congress last week lifted his immunity from prosecution in a land dispute, a decision Lopez Obrador called a blow to the country's fledgling democracy, and in the days ahead he is likely to be sent to jail pending trial.
Obrador is accused of wrongfully appropriating land to build a hospital access road. He will be sent to jail pending trial. Seventy percent of Mexicans believe that the criminal proceedings are a political ploy to prevent the popular mayor from challenging Vincente Fox's ruling party in the upcoming presidential race.
Today the mayor announced that he would turn himself in and run his 2006 presidential campaign from his jail cell.