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Morris the cat runs for mayor in Mexico

21st June 2013

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Morris the cat is posing a huge threat to electoral candidates in Veracruz, Mexico, with his plan to become the next (Mexican, feline) Boris.

A cat for mayor? Surely this is some sort of joke? Apparently not so for the people of Veracruz. This feisty feline is not going down without a fight, as displayed in his campaign slogan: 'Tired of voting for rats? Vote for cats.'

The mastermind behind this was cat owner Sergio Chamorro, who said: “Morris has become an expression of how fed up people are with all the parties and a political system that does not represent us."

To combat this, Sergio submitted his four-legged furball friend to stand for mayor.

The cat even has his own Facebook page, called El Candigato Morris (gato being the Spanish term for cat).

With over a staggering 130,000 likes, Morris has received a marginally larger fan/support base than the other candidates and even more than the current governor of Veracruz. His facebook is packed with artwork and videos by supporters, showing there true appreciation for Morris.  

Sergio says: “The truth is that Morris no longer belongs to us. He belongs to his fans.”

But Morris is not the only non-human that has run for a political post in Mexico. Other examples include a donkey, a dog and a chicken. The rate this is going Mexico will have a government full of animals, and worried authorities and politicians are genuinely fearful that the animals will dominate. The head of Veracruz’s electoral institute has urged the public to not waste their votes on Morris - but he is still proving to be the most popular candidate.

Mexico plan to hold local elections on the 7th of July with this cat possibly becoming the first ever animal mayor. In Mexico after Morris’s possible abdication who knows what will be next?

Follow Morris's progress on Facebook here.

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