Mexico: No Ads for Presidential Hopefuls 'til Feb.

By: associated press
By: associated press

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The de facto presidential candidates for two of Mexico's three big political parties have been told they can give speeches -- but can't ask people to vote for them until March.

The nominees for the leftist Democratic Revolution Party and the former ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party are running unopposed to represent their party in July 1 presidential elections, while the candidate for the conservative National Action Party still needs to be chosen in a party primary.

Mexico's federal electoral institute ruled the virtual nominees can hold rallies and make speeches, but can't ask people to vote for them until general campaigning starts.

The Institutional Revolutionary candidate complained about the ruling Tuesday.

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