Mexican politics change with AMLO's win

Published: 02nd July 2018 01:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd July 2018 02:10 PM  

Anti-establishment leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador swept to victory in Mexico's presidential election on Sunday. winning 53 percent of the vote. It is the first time in Mexico's modern history a candidate has won more than half the vote in a competitive election. IN PIC: Presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador acknowledges his supporters as he arrives to Mexico City's main square, the Zocalo. (Photo | AP)
With the entry of sharp-tongued, silver-haired 'AMLO' Mexico will be seeing a huge political change, as voters were driven by anger over endemic corruption and brutal violence. IN PIC: Presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with his wife Beatriz Gutierrez Muller. (Photo | AP)
Lopez Obrador, 64-year-old founder of Morena party, sought to downplay fears of radicalism, after critics branded him a 'tropical Messiah' who would install Venezuela-style policies that could wreck Latin America's second-largest economy. He has vowed to grab the money from Mexico's 'power mafia' and use it for social welfare. IN PIC: Tens of thousands pack Mexico City's main square, the Zocalo. (Photo | AP)
He also vowed to pursue a relationship of 'friendship and cooperation' with the United States, Mexico's key trading partner -- a change in tone from some comments during the campaign, when he said he would put US President Donald Trump 'in his place.' IN PIC: Thousands of supporters of presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador celebrate his victory. (Photo | AP)
AMLO began his campaign in 2015, his ambition fueled by Trump's labelling of Mexican immigrants as 'criminals and rapists', and his threat to pull US out of the NAFTA trade agreement. He wrote a book called 'Listen, Trump', about protection of the rights of Mexican immigrants. IN PIC: A supporter of presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wearing a mask in the likeness of the candidate. (Photo | AP)
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