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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 gasoline and power policy, welcome migrants and spur development in impoverished areas – is ambitious in this typically conservative Latin US country.
Lopez Obrador has run for president twice on a platform that is similar in 2006 and 2012. He destroyed both times.
To win in 2010, Lopez Obrador’s young Morena celebration 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 charged with switching Lopez Obrador’s guarantees into policy when he takes office 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 main-stream Mexican governmental events, like the Institutional Revolutionary Party associated with the outbound current president, Enrique Pena Nieto. Continue reading “Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ended up being elected to ‘transform’ Mexico. Can he get it done?”