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Mexico welcomes new president
Posted on 02/07/2018


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On the premise of tackling corruption and extending social security benefits to its citizens, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, former mayor of Mexico City, edged his name in history by winning Mexico's presidential election by a large margin on Sunday.

New president wants to stamp out corruption

New president wants to stamp out corruption
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Andrés Manuel López Obrador is the first left-wing president since Mexico embarked its journey into democracy. The 64 year old won more than twice the votes than its nearest competitor. This is is the largest victory in Mexico since the 1980s.

Obrador pitched himself and his party, Morena, as the harbinger of change and transformation in Mexico.

Obrador spoke for the poor and rural Mexicans whose lives have been affected by corruption due to the Mafia-power of existing political parties.

Obrador vowed to eradicate corruption, double the pension payment for the elderly and offer youth scholarship programs.

This historic win is great news for Obrador and his party, however this win was just the first challenge that Obrador faced. The new president has a lot on his shoulders, he has to live up to his array of promises and give Mexicans hope.

However, it's yet unclear if Morena will be able to have a majority in the congress as well. If this happens, then Obrador will become the first Mexican President in more than two decades to have concealed a legislative majority.

The election was on Sunday, however the political campaign leading up to the election was filled with violence. It had been reported that nearly 130 political candidates and party workers were killed during the campaign.

Obrador is aiming to bring security under a unified command in response to this violence.

As for Donald Trump and United States of America, Mr. López Obrador, in his victory speech said, "we will pursue a relationship of friendship and co-operation with the United States, always rooted in mutual respect and in the defence of our fellow Mexicans who live and work honourably in that country."

Donald Trump, on the other hand, tweeted, "congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on becoming the next President of Mexico. I look very much forward to working with him. There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!"

Everyone will be wathing closely to see how things change between the two neighboring countries with new presidents at the helm.