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2-time Mexico presidential candidate hospitalized

Tuesday - 12/3/2013, 3:55pm  ET

FILE - In this July 3, 2012 file photo, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, presidential candidate for the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), speaks during a news conference in Mexico City. The two-time Mexican presidential challenger has been hospitalized following a heart problem that required surgery. His spokesman Cesar Yanez said that Lopez Obrador is in good health after being admitted to a Mexico City hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Two-time Mexican presidential challenger Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador suffered a heart attack Tuesday that required surgery, but he was reported in stable condition.

His physician, Dr. Patricio Ortiz, said the 60-year-old politician is recovering after a cardiac catheterization procedure at a Mexico City hospital.

Lopez Obrador has refused to accept official results that he lost the past two presidential elections. In 2006, he paralyzed Mexico City streets with hundreds of thousands of supporters, challenging a ruling that he lost by less than a percentage point to Felipe Calderon.

Lately, Lopez Obrador has led protests against a measure proposed by President Enrique Pena Nieto to open the state-controlled oil industry to private investment.

His son, also named Andres Manuel Lopez, said at a press conference that his father won't give up the fight or cancel a demonstration Wednesday at the Mexican Senate to protest against the energy plan. He said his father won't attend, but he expects his supporters to show solidarity.

President Enrique Pena Nieto sent good wishes for a full recovery at a public event.

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