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A landslide victory over three opponents with 53 percent of the vote over 30 million Mexicans voted for Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the country’s July 1 presidential election, handing the former Mexico City mayor.
Lopez Obrador’s agenda – to root down corruption, reduce violence, reconsider Mexico’s fuel and power policy, welcome migrants and spur development in impoverished areas – is ambitious in this usually conservative Latin US nation.
Lopez Obrador has run for president twice on a platform that is similar in 2006 and 2012. He destroyed both times.
To win this present year, Lopez Obrador’s young Morena party joined up with forces with a few smaller events from both right and kept to build a victorious but strange electoral coalition called “Juntos Haremos Historia, ” or Together We’ll Make History.
The folks now faced with switching Lopez Obrador’s guarantees into policy when he takes workplace in December should come from extremely disparate backgrounds, including social progressives, pragmatic company tycoons, evangelical Christians and committed Marxists. The coalition also made space for high-level defectors from all three conventional Mexican governmental parties, like the Institutional Revolutionary Party of this outbound current president, Enrique Pena Nieto. Continue reading Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ended up being elected to ‘transform’ Mexico. Can it be done by him?