MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's National Electoral Institute has granted registration to three new political parties, including one led by former leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Lopez Obrador's National Regeneration Movement, or MORENA, registered with a half million members, many of whom are former members of the Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD.
Lopez Obrador ran for president twice for the PRD and he is expected to run for MORENA in the 2018 presidential election.
The institute said Thursday it also registered the Social Encounter Party, which describes itself as a "family values party" and has 300,000 members. Registration also was given to the Humanist Party, which has 200,000 members and says it's at the center of the political spectrum.
Mexico now has 10 political parties.
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