Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had been elected to ‘transform’ Mexico. Can he do so?

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had been elected to ‘transform’ Mexico. Can he do so?

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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 usually conservative Latin US country.

Lopez Obrador has run for president twice for a comparable platform, in 2006 and 2012. He destroyed both times.

To win this present year, 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 workplace in December can come from extremely disparate backgrounds, including social progressives, pragmatic business tycoons, evangelical Christians and committed Marxists. Continue reading “Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had been elected to ‘transform’ Mexico. Can he do so?”