Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez, an indigenous woman backed by Mexico's Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN), shows a document after she registered to run as an independent candidate in next year's presidential election at National Electoral Institute (INE) in Mexico City, Mexico, October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Violeta Schmidt

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – An indigenous woman backed by Mexico’s rebel Zapatista movement registered on Saturday to run as an independent candidate in next year’s presidential election, adding to a growing list of hopefuls bucking established political parties.
Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez is the spokeswoman for the National Indigenous Congress, the political arm of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN), and in May was picked to be the group’s 2018 presidential candidate.
Local media reported that after Patricio Martinez registered with the National Electoral Institute (INE), she pledged not to accept any funding from the government to run her campaign.
Mexico’s major political parties have struggled to gain support in recent years, and voter surveys show all presidential hopefuls struggling to win support from as much as a third of the electorate.
The front-runner in most polls is former Mexico City mayor and two-time presidential …
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