Mexico leftist vows no tolerance on corruption after historic win

Mexico leftist vows no tolerance on corruption after historic win

The left-wing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador declared victory in the Mexican Presidential election, receiving roughly 53% of the votes.

Lopez Obrador called Sunday for "better relations" with the United States.

The election came amid a backdrop of mounting tensions between Mexico and the U.S., which some analysts say have pushed relations between the two countries to one of the most divisive points in recent times.

Lopez Obrador has promised to stop corruption in Mexico's government.

"I reiterate my promise to not betray your confidence which millions of Mexicans have placed in me". Failure, though, will probably further destabilize not just his nation but also ours, exacerbating tension over immigration and undermining trade. At a Los Angeles rally a year ago, AMLO said that "the wall and the demagoguery of patriotism are no match for the dignity and humanity of the American people".

Lopez Obrador's victory was expected by many to further worsen Mexico's already frosty relations with the USA, whose president, Donald Trump, has slammed the country over illegal migration and pressured it to pay for a border wall.

Business leaders who have openly warred with Lopez Obrador for years vowed to work with him and said fighting graft is an area where they see eye-to-eye.

"We are conscious of the need to maintain good relations with the United States".

With almost three-quarters of the ballots counted, Lopez Obrador had about 53 per cent of the vote - the most for any presidential candidate since 1982, a time when the Institutional Revolutionary Party was in its 71-year domination of Mexican politics and ruling party victories were a given.

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"I confess that I have a legitimate ambition: I want to go down in history as a good president of Mexico", said Lopez Obrador, who won after losses in the previous two elections.

Polimnia Romana Sierra organized Lopez Obrador's six-member, all-female security detail when he served as Mexico City mayor from 2000 to 2006. He later joined the Party of the Democratic Revolution and more recently formed his own party, the National Regeneration Movement - known as MORENA. "It is thanks to us young people who are supporting him that he was able to get more votes than he did in past elections". "I think he's going to try to help us with the border".

Lopez Obrador supporters began wild celebrations in Mexico City, cruising up and down the central Paseo de la Reforma boulevard honking horns to the tune of "Viva Mexico!" and waving Mexican flags from auto windows and moon roofs.

Lopez Obrador met with Pena Nieto to discuss the transition for his taking office December 1, hoping to ensure an orderly transfer of power after a heated and polarizing campaign. The effort, she said, would help reintegrate into society some of the estimated 600,000 Mexicans employed by drug cartels.

"There is a lot of inequality, a lot of violence in this country", said Lopez Obrador voter Hugo Carlos, 73.

Lopez Obrador won thanks to overwhelming anger at the status quo and his success at presenting himself as an agent of change.

In the following years, NAFTA not only transformed Mexico's economy but also affected its foreign policy towards the US. During this conversation, they "reaffirmed the close friendship" and agreed to continue working toward a mutually beneficial outcome on the trade agreement, a read out of the conversation from the Prime Minister's Office said.

"We've been very nice to Canada for many years and they've taken advantage of that", Sanders said during her daily press briefing in Washington.

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