- Associated Press - Friday, June 15, 2018

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - The number of people running to become the next president of the Navajo Nation has fallen by one.

Tribal election officials say Lester Begay was disqualified from the race. Begay was recalled as head of the Burnham Chapter in New Mexico within the past eight years, making him ineligible to seek the tribe’s top elected post.

Still, the field remains crowded with a record 18 presidential candidates.

Among them are the tribe’s sitting president and vice president, along with seasoned politicians and newcomers.

Election officials certified the candidates this week and chose the ballot lineup.

The top two vote-getters in the Aug. 28 primary choose their running mates and advance to the Nov. 6 general election.

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