Populist candidate wins Mexican election

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Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has declared victory in Mexico's presidential election, as preliminary results showed that the veteran politician, who had presented himself as an agent of change, secured a landslide win. President-elect Lopez Obrador is estimated to have received over 53% of the vote, more than double the total of his closest rival, according to the country's electoral commission.

In his speech to supporters, the President-elect said he would forge a new relationship with the US "rooted in mutual respect and in defense of our migrant countrymen who work and live honestly in that country." He added migration should be done by choice, not because of necessity, promising to "strengthen the internal market to try to produce in the country what we consume and so that Mexicans can work and be happy where they were born, where their family is, where their customs and their cultures are."

He added that he will pursue a peace plan with representatives of the United Nations, human rights and religious organizations, to help tackle the murder rate, which soared to an all-time high under Peña Nieto, whom critics accused of failing to adequately deal with crime, corruption and economic inequality.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/01/americas/mexico-election-president-intl/index.html
 
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What will this mean for US relations and NAFTA?

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has declared victory in Mexico's presidential election, as preliminary results showed that the veteran politician, who had presented himself as an agent of change, secured a landslide win. President-elect Lopez Obrador is estimated to have received over 53% of the vote, more than double the total of his closest rival, according to the country's electoral commission.

In his speech to supporters, the President-elect said he would forge a new relationship with the US "rooted in mutual respect and in defense of our migrant countrymen who work and live honestly in that country." He added migration should be done by choice, not because of necessity, promising to "strengthen the internal market to try to produce in the country what we consume and so that Mexicans can work and be happy where they were born, where their family is, where their customs and their cultures are."

He added that he will pursue a peace plan with representatives of the United Nations, human rights and religious organizations, to help tackle the murder rate, which soared to an all-time high under Peña Nieto, whom critics accused of failing to adequately deal with crime, corruption and economic inequality.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/01/americas/mexico-election-president-intl/index.html
Obrador also said,” There will be no Wall! Plus other things about Trump. He promised to clean up corruption and work for the people.
 
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New York Times says he is very "Trump-like." We will see how Trump takes on someone like himself!

Mr. López Obrador has drawn comparisons to Mr. Trump for his nationalist impulses, populist rhetoric and combative personality. But from time to time he has also displayed a pugnaciousness toward Mexico’s northern neighbor and has left no doubt that he is prepared to go toe-to-toe with Mr. Trump to defend Mexico’s interests.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/02/world/americas/mexico-election-lopez-obrador.html
 
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If he wants to go against the drug cartels he better start wearing a bullet proof vest too.
 
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If he wants to go against the drug cartels he better start wearing a bullet proof vest too.
Thats apparently a genuine concern. Law enforcement is worried his rhetoric of "getting rid of all the bad guys" will cause the cartels to react.