PRD founder Cárdenas resigns from his own political party
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PRD founder Cárdenas resigns from his own political party

A pillar of leftist politics in Mexico and son of a revered former president has resigned from the political party he founded, citing disagreements with its leadership.

Three-time presidential candidate Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas released a letter explaining his decision late Tuesday.

Earlier this month, he asked the entire national executive committee of the Democratic Revolution Party to resign following the disappearance of 43 college students in Guerrero. Federal authorities have said the mayor of Iguala, a member of the PRD, was involved.

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Cárdenas’ letter alludes to differences that predate the disappearances, but also makes it clear he disagrees with party leaders about how to restore its credibility.

Cárdenas is the son of Lázaro Cárdenas, who as president nationalized Mexico’s oil industry.