Left-wing president elected in Mexico

Media outlets usually try to compare AMLO to other world leaders and politicians in an attempt to understand him in an global context where many are not familiar with him. At a Los Angeles rally past year, 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 presidential competitors, Jose Antonio Meade of the ruling PRI party and Ricardo Anaya of the PAN party, wished him success "for the well-being of Mexico".

The PRI, which dominated Mexican politics for almost the entire 20th century and recaptured the presidency in 2012, was set to suffer heavy losses not just for the presidency but in down-ballot races as well. The winning candidate said he will make that proposal in a meeting Tuesday with current President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The president-elect said he would seek "a relationship of friendship and cooperation" with Mexico's northern neighbour, but one based on "mutual respect".

It was falsely reported by right-wing media that AMLO called for a massive migration to the U.S. What he said was that he would defend the human rights of Mexicans in the U.S.

Mr. Obrador joined the political movement against the candidacy of Salinas de Gortari, the Mexican President from 1988 to 1994, and was part of the founding of what is now the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).

Mexico-US relations deteriorated following the election of Donald Trump as US president in November 2016. "I told him a number of years ago when I saw him campaigning for a different race, frankly, a different year, a different race, I said he'll be someday he's going to be the President of Mexico". "There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico", Trump said.

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Since Sunday, Lopez Obrador's every move has been broadcast live, with journalists and supporters forming a slow-moving convoy around the 64-year-old, who has pledged to shed various trappings of power including the presidential residence and plane, while earning half of Pena Nieto's salary. He has also promised to increase spending on social programs while keeping government spending under control.

"We will only be able to create better conditions for development for everyone if we get personally involved in the improvement of our municipalities, states and the entire Mexican Republic", they said.

"I have the impression they haven't done a bad job", he said, though he also wants his team to sit in on the talks.

Trump has been antagonistic to Mexico over trade and immigration.

Three polling firms gave the former Mexico City mayor the win. Lopez Obrador's 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. "The people are fed up".

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

The next president is unlike most of his predecessors in many ways: Devoutly religious, he is a career activist instead of a lawyer, military officer or businessman, and the first president in a century to speak in a marked regional accent, from his native Tabasco state in Mexico's tropical lowlands. In the nine months leading up to this weekend's presidential election, at least 132 politicians have been killed, according to the security consulting group Etellekt.

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