Mexico’s New Leftist President Promises Vague and Uncertain Change

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s president-elect, delivers his victory speech in Mexico City’s main square, the Zocalo, July 1, 2018 (AP photo by Moises Castillo).
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s president-elect, delivers his victory speech in Mexico City’s main square, the Zocalo, July 1, 2018 (AP photo by Moises Castillo).
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The result was almost inevitable, yet Mexico still awoke with a sense of uncertainty Monday as Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a veteran leftist and long-time critic of the country’s political establishment, finally captured the presidency in a landslide victory. AMLO, as he is better known in Mexico, fulfilled poll predictions by sweeping aside his rivals, Jose Antonio Meade of the incumbent Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, and Ricardo Anaya of the Citizens Front alliance, winning 53 percent of the vote. His Together We’ll Make History coalition captured majorities in both houses of Congress. His victory had appeared a mere formality […]

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