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Mexico Elects Leftist President

AMLO won in a landslide
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 2, 2018 12:07 AM CDT
Presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, of the MORENA party, is surrounded by the press after casting his vote during general elections in Mexico City, Sunday, July 1, 2018.   (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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(Newser) – Leftist populist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has claimed victory in Mexico's presidential election, calling for reconciliation after what he called a "historic day." Lopez Obrador vows that profound change is coming, but says individual and property rights will be guaranteed. He promises respect for the autonomy of the Bank of Mexico and says his government will maintain financial and fiscal discipline, the AP reports. He also says contracts obtained under energy reforms will be scrutinized for any corruption or illegality, but there will be no confiscation or expropriation of property. The candidate spoke late Sunday shortly after electoral authorities announced that a quick count forecast he had won over half the votes, a remarkable mandate not seen in the country for many years.

The candidate, better known as AMLO, has said he will rule Mexico for the poor and fight rampant corruption."There is a lot of inequality, a lot of violence in this country," says Lopez Obrador voter Hugo Carlos, 73. "This situation has to be changed." President Trump sent his congratulations. "I look very much forward to working with him," Trump tweeted. "There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!" Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said in a televised message to the nation that he had congratulated Lopez Obrador. His Institutional Revolution Party's candidate, Jose Antonio Meade, received only around 16% of the vote, with 22% going to conservative candidate Ricardo Anaya.

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