Mexico’s Lopez Obrador claims historic win, broad mandate

Mexico’s Lopez Obrador claims historic win, broad mandate

U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexico's next leader, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador discussed immigration, trade and security issues in a phone call on Monday, the two mavericks beginning a dialogue amid strained relations between the neighbours.

He wrote:"Congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on becoming the next President of Mexico". "There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico".

"The news of the call between Trump and Amlo yesterday afternoon and the comments made about economic policy may have given the market some peace", said Jesus Lopez, an analyst at Banco Base in Monterrey.

"We are going to change this rotten, corrupt regime of injustices and privileges, and we are going to promote development. And I think that, at the very least, we need to, if we are going to-if this appointment is going to happen, at the very least we can do is delay the timeline in which women's healthcare is going to be taken away, delay the timeline in which our civil rights could potentially be further eroded".

Anti-establishment leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador won Mexico's presidential election Sunday by a large margin, according to exit polls, in a landmark break with the parties that have governed for almost a century.

The survey by El Financiero showed Lopez Obrador with 49 percent of the vote.

Lopez Obrador won't be sworn-in until December 1, when incumbent President Enrique Peña Nieto, from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, leaves office. 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.

Exit polls gave its candidate Claudia Sheinbaum as the new Mexico City mayor, while the party was also expected to win governorships in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Morelos.

She said a Lopez Obrador presidency is a good way to kick the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, out of power. He won 53 percent of the vote in the election and has the political capital necessary to end decades of passive foreign policy and re-assert Mexico's sovereignty. He said he will govern for the poor and fight rampant corruption, and also pulled back from promises to completely scrap energy and education reforms instituted by the Pena Nieto administration.

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Lopez Obrador struck a conciliatory tone in an acceptance speech Sunday night, saying he would pursue fiscal discipline and respect the independence of Mexico's central bank.

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

Lopez Obrador has been compared to Trump for his populist, nationalist rhetoric and sometimes touchy personality - as well as his past skepticism about NAFTA.

Last year, Mexico recorded more homicides than at any point in its modern history, and it is on track to break that record this year.

"We would not want this organism to be any way partisan", he said. "We are overweight local currency government bonds and the Mexican peso". But he now supports reaching an agreement with the United States and Canada, though talks have been stalled over Trump administration demands for higher US content and a "sunset clause" in the 1994 trade agreement. "I am concerned that some candidates are making proposals that are impossible, because they're very expensive to carry out", said Juan Carlos Limas, 26, who lined up at another Mexico City precinct to vote for Ricardo Anaya, who is running second in polls for a right-left coalition.

Lopez Obrador vows to improve Mexicans' lives by ending corruption and years of drug violence, while also reducing the wealth gap.

AMLO's critics and much of the global media have portrayed AMLO as a populist, similar to Trump both for his populism and his personality.

He contrasted the USA immigration laws with "Mexico's very strong immigration laws".

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