Leftist Lopez Obrador Wins Mexico's Presidential Election
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Jul 05, 2018,
Jul 05, 2018, 1:02
On Monday, an advisor to Lopez Obrador told Reuters the election win would jumpstart talks between Mexico, the United States and Canada to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA.
President Trump says he is looking forward to a good relationship with Mexico's new president-elect. He aptly cashed in on the Mexican public's anger towards Trump, who throughout the Mexican election campaign season continued to criticise Mexico's immigration policies, insist that Mexico should pay for the border wall, and fuel anti-Mexican and anti-immigrant rhetoric in the US.
Obrador has sought to placate fears that his victory would turn Mexico into another Venezuela, which is suffering a severe economic crisis under socialist rule.
Lopez Obrador spoke to the crowd there around midnight, saying to loud applause: "Today one stage has ended and we are going to begin another one - we are going to transform Mexico!" "There is going to be an orderly but also deep change, because we are going to banish corruption, the main problem facing Mexico".
Trump has been highly critical of Mexico's control of its border.
Obrador will take office on December 1 after getting more than 53 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed-more than double the votes of his nearest rival.
Jose Antonio Meade of the coalition led by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) said the leftist had "won the majority", adding: "I wish Andres Manuel the greatest of success". Lopez Obrador himself refused to accept his two previous presidential losses, and in 2006 his supporters set up a protest camp that caused months of chaos in downtown Mexico City.
On the campaign trail, Lopez Obrador often railed against his predecessor's energy reform and had vowed to review contracts issued to private energy firms for signs of corruption.
O'Grady said on "The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino" that she doesn't see Lopez Obrador's policies leading to dramatic improvements in the country.
But after winning the election, he told Milenio TV he would respect the ongoing talks, with the aim of forging a deal that is good for Mexico.
Since Sunday, Lopez Obrador's every move has been broadcast live, with journalists and supporters forming a slow-moving convoy around the 64-year-old, who has pledged to shed various trappings of power including the presidential residence and plane, while earning half of Pena Nieto's salary. Investors have always been expecting a victory by Lopez Obrador, who held double-digit leads in polls for months. "But it has to be made clear that he has to deliver what he promises and not become like the rest", he said.
"We're looking at a shift in Mexican politics", he explained.
Most of the murders have been of local politicians, the most frequent targets for drug cartels seeking corrupt officials they can strike alliances with.
"We won't do the dirty work of any foreign government", AMLO said, referring to detentions of Central American migrants trying to reach the U.S. border.
"Now that he has won, he can not fail this new generation that believes in him", said Mariano Bartolini, a 29-year-old lawyer who voted for Lopez Obrador in the northwestern city of Rosarito, near Tijuana.