Left-wing populist candidate wins Mexico’s presidential election

In a stunning victory on Sunday, Morena party candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador decisively won Mexico’s presidential election.

An election season marred by violence, over 130 political candidates and supporters were murdered.

A landslide victory, in his dominating win López Obrador earned 53.8 percent, some 30 percentage points ahead of his closest challenger, For Mexico in Front candidate Ricardo Anaya.

Assuring followers he would not fail supporters, and reminding voters of his aim to combat corruption, Lopez Obrador told throngs of supporters in the capital city’s central plaza, the Zocalo:

“I’m very aware of my responsibility and I don’t want to go down in history as a bad president. It’s going to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people. We’re going to apply the three basic principles: don’t lie, don’t steal and don’t betray the people. Viva México!”

López Obrador’s win represents first time in 90 years a presidential candidate has won the Mexican presidency without the backing of Mexico’s established political parties, the center-right National Action Party or populist Institutional Revolutionary Party.

Accompanying López Obrador’s presidential win is his Morena party earning sweeping gains in both chambers of Mexico’s Congress of the Union.  For the first time in over two decades, a Mexican president will enjoy a legislative majority in both chambers of the Mexican congress.

Shortly after his victory, President Trump offered congratulations and expressed his desire to build a build a mutually beneficial relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.  Later, the two leaders held a brief phone conversation, which was described by both sides as “respectful.”

An election which appears to signal a continued rise of the left in Central and South America, López Obrador has pledged not to erect a dictatorship.  Campaigning for office, López Obrador vowed to tackle corruption, double government support for the elderly and fight drug cartels.

Similarly, López Obrador has stated businesses will avoid both tax increases and no nationalization is planned.

A former mayor of Mexico City, López Obrador will assume office on Dec. 1, facing a sluggish economy, record violence and high unemployment.

 

[Mexico News Daily] [BBC] [The Guardian] [Photo courtesy AFP/Getty Images via SFGate]

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