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Mexico's President-Elect: 'I Won't Betray the People'

Leftist leader wants 'friendship and respect' with the US
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2018 6:27 AM CDT
Updated Jul 2, 2018 6:54 AM CDT
Supporters of presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador celebrate his victory in Mexico City's main square, the Zocalo, Monday, July 2, 2018.   (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel)
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(Newser) – Mexico has a new president-elect—and, like many of his countrymen, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is not a big fan of President Trump. The populist leftist leader has denounced the American president as "erratic and arrogant" and published a book last year called "Oye Trump"—"Listen Up, Trump"—in which he called for rights for migrants, the Washington Post reports. Like current president Enrique Pena Nieto, he seems highly unlikely to pay for Trump's proposed border wall. "The wall and the demagoguery of patriotism are no match for the dignity and humanity of the American people," he said at a rally in Los Angeles last year. Lopez Obrador, who was congratulated by Trump on the win, told supporters Sunday that he wanted a relationship with the US of "friendship and respect." In other coverage:

  • Upending the status quo. The New York Times looks at how Lopez Obrador's election upends the status quo in Mexico, where two parties had dominated since the end of one-party rule in 2000. With voters rejecting the centrist PRI and the conservative PAN amid widespread populist anger at corruption and violence, both parties face an uncertain future.

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