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    Mexico's ex-President Felipe Calderon (L) and his wife and Mexico's first lady Margarita Zavala, wave to the crowd after presiding for the last time over a military parade in celebration of the 102nd anniversary of the Mexican Revolution on Zocalo Square in Mexico City in this November 20, 2012 file photo

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    The wife of Mexico’s ex-president Felipe Calderon, announced that she would seek the National Action Party (PAN) presidential nomination for the 2018 election.

    MEXICO (Sputnik) Margarita Zavala, the wife of Mexico’s ex-president Felipe Calderon, announced that she would seek the National Action Party (PAN) presidential nomination for the 2018 election.

    "In the present serious circumstances, I consider that the PAN should look for a leader, seeking a consensus. I am not fighting for just a right to lead, there are other men and women in high positions in the party, but I believe that in the PAN we will make the best decision," Zavala said in a statement published online Sunday.

    The main goal for PAN, one of the top three political parties in Mexico, is to reconcile with civil society, she added.

    Calderon, a PAN party member, was Mexican president from 2006-2012. His policies were built on a foundation of strong resistance to crime.

    After stepping down from the presidency, Calderon accepted a yearlong fellowship offer from Harvard University in the United States.

    At last week's parliamentary election, PAN received more than 20 percent of votes, some 10 percent behind the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.

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