Mexico Former Presidential Candidate Lopez Obrador Hospitalized

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who lost last year’s presidential election to Enrique Pena Nieto and led protests this week against his energy overhaul, was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack today.

Lopez Obrador is recovering and is in good health, his son Andres Manuel Lopez Beltran said at a news conference.

The presidential runner-up in the past two presidential elections, who contested the results of both races, has gathered thousands of demonstrators against Pena Nieto’s economic overhauls. Most recently, he led a rally Dec. 1 that filled much of the Zocalo, Mexico City’s central square, against Pena Nieto’s plan to break the 75-year state monopoly on oil drilling.

Lopez Obrador’s followers will surround the Senate headquarters in Mexico City tomorrow to protest the bill, even though he won’t be able to attend, his son said.

“The best way we can show support and solidarity today is by attending the protest,” Lopez Beltran said.

Lopez Obrador accused Pena Nieto of buying votes and using illegal campaign funds in the July 2012 election. Mexico’s highest electoral authority dismissed his court action one month later.

Backers of Lopez Obrador occupied the capital’s main business avenue for weeks with encampments in 2006 to protest his presidential election defeat to Felipe Calderon by less than one percentage point.

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