Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Mexico new president: How AMLO will deal with Trump's aggressive behaviour?

The results of the Mexico election are expected to be available on Monday The results of the Mexico election are expected to be available on Monday
Russell Knight | 03 July, 2018, 13:51

We have a border of more than 3,000 kilometres, more than 12 million Mexicans live in the United States.

It is a major shift in Mexican politics: the PRI and PAN have governed for almost a century, and Lopez Obrador will be the country's first leftist president in recent history when he takes office on 1 December.

Retired Susana Zuniga beamed as she said the country was experiencing a moment similar to the Mexican Revolution a century ago.

In her words: "The people are fed up, that is what brought us to this".

Motorists are cruising up and down the central Paseo de la Reforma honking horns to the tune of "Viva Mexico!" and waving Mexican flags from vehicle windows and moonroofs.

An official quick-count revealed that Lopez Obrador took the lead with 53-53.8% of votes, according to the electoral authority.

Much remains to be determined about how Lopez Obrador's often nebulous campaign proposals will manifest themselves in government.

Anaya acknowledged in a televised speech that "the trend favors Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador".

He added "I recognize his triumph".

Polls had tipped a wide victory for Lopez Obrador, who many investors are expecting will govern from the center.

Not only has Mexico elected its first left-wing president in decades, it's also on track to hand Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador an outright majority in congress.

Speaking late on Sunday night as results trickled in, he vowed to tackle corruption, get a handle on Mexico's violent war on drugs and focus on poverty and inequality. The party also scooped a range of important governorships in Mexico City, Morelos, Chiapas and Tabasco. Rivals have warned he could set the country back with his interventionist economic policy.

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Amid widespread frustrations with the status quo, all of the candidates have tried to paint themselves as the agent of real change.

Lopez Obrador, commonly known by his initials, "AMLO", was making his third bid for the country's highest office, having falling short in the 2006 and 2012 elections.

There are 80 million registered voters and millions of ballots have been sent across the country along with global observers for the election, which could see an upset for the ruling political class with leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador out in front. The central state of Guanajuato was expected to go to a candidate of the conservative National Action Party. His allies are warning even before Sunday's presidential vote that there better not be any amusing business. Newspaper El Financiero's exit poll gave him 49 percent of the vote to 27 percent for Anaya and 18 percent for Meade.

Polls are beginning to close across much of Mexico or Sunday's presidential election. It was the biggest share of the vote in a Mexican presidential election since the early 1980s and gave him a strong mandate to address Mexico's domestic problems and face external challenges such as USA tariffs.

Ediane Da Costa Pereira is a Brazilian who became a naturalized citizen in Mexico and voted Sunday in Tijuana, across the border from San Diego.

Lopez Obrador called Sunday for "better relations" with the United States.

Bolivia's leftist President Evo Morales tweeted: "We are sure that his government will write a new page on Latin America's dignity and sovereignty".

Pena Nieto, whose approval ratings stood at only about 20 per cent, was limited by the constitution to a single term.

Casting his own vote, Pena Nieto promised to work with whoever wins on the transition. Lorenzo Cordova says only four of the 156,807 polling places failed to open.

He also introduced him at a London event.

According to CNN, the 64-year-old ran on a populist platform saying he's sick of the grip that Mexico's elite have on his country.

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