Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

Mexican voters to pick president and more than 18,000 other officials

Mexican voters to pick president and more than 18,000 other officials

Left-wing populist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been elected president of Mexico with at least 53 per cent of the vote, the electoral authority says.

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.

The election was a crushing defeat for the ruling centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which governed Mexico from 1929-2000 continually and again from 2012.

O'Grady said on "The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino" that she doesn't see Lopez Obrador's policies leading to dramatic improvements in the country.

Refusing to live in Mexico City's opulent 19th century presidential residence, Los Pinos (the Pines). Newspaper El Financiero's exit poll gave him 49 percent of the vote to 27 percent for Anaya and 18 percent for Meade.

Speaking to reporters after his win, Lopez Obrador identified corruption as the "principal cause" of inequality and the criminal violence that has bedeviled Mexico for years, and said he would spare no one in his commitment to root it out. "I will not disappoint you and I will not betray my people", he said. We have a border of more than 3,000 kilometres, more than 12 million Mexicans live in the United States.

The United States, which works closely with Mexican law enforcement in its fight against drug cartels, was tired of a softening of Mexico's security policies.

Gustavo Felix, 56, said he had only hoped Lopez Obrador's coalition - led by his party, Morena - would not win a majority in Congress.

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Lopez Obrador told Televisa that he will respect the current team of negotiators, and let them continue representing Mexico until he takes office December 1.

Tensions with the United States over migration, border security and talks to revise a free trade deal have loomed over the election, prompting all Mexican presidential candidates to promise to defend the country against Trump's threats.

Polls have opened in Mexico's presidential and local elections, and front-running candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is among the first to line up at his polling place in Mexico City. The talks have been stalled over the Trump administration demands for higher USA content and a "sunset clause" in the 1994 trade agreement.

Experts said such a number would not make a difference in a vote with a clear front-runner, but candidates in future elections might pay more attention to voters north of the border.

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

Investors are concerned that under Lopez Obrador, the privatization of the energy industry will be rolled back, and spending on social programs will push the country into debt.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Lima, Peru on Friday, April 13, 2018. But Duncan also said that many people are unsure of how Lopez Obrador will be able to provide what he has promised.

Pena Nieto said Sunday that the vote "should reaffirm us in our democratic vocation".

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