Mexico moving left with Lopez

Mexico have moved significantly leftward after Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has easily won their election. He has promised to cut down on corruption and crime without being confrontational – that will be a real challenge, and may increase tension between Mexico and the United States and Donald Trump.

Reuters: Mexican leftist Lopez Obrador wins presidency

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador decisively won Mexico’s presidency on Sunday, exit polls showed, setting the stage for the most left-wing government in decades at a time of tense relations with the Trump administration.

Pledging to eradicate corruption and subdue drug cartels with a less confrontational approach, the 64-year-old former Mexico City mayor will carry high expectations into office even as his efforts to reduce inequality are watched closely by nervous investors.

A Lopez Obrador government could usher in greater scrutiny of foreign investment and a less accommodating approach to the United States, but the peso MXN=D2 rose more than 1 percent after his rivals conceded within minutes of the end of voting.

Four exit polls showed Lopez Obrador with a lead of more than 20 percentage points over his competitors, and winning between 46.8 percent and 59 percent of the vote.

That looks decisive.

We usually take little notice of Mexican politics from here, but this change may increase interest, especially as it plays out against Trump. I presume Obrador hasn’t campaigned on paying for Trump’s wall.

More up to date from Reuters:  Mexican Lopez Obrador wins historic election landslide for left

The 64-year-old former Mexico City mayor won with the widest margin in a presidential election since the 1980s, according to an official quick count that showed him taking more than half the vote — some 30 points ahead of his nearest rival.

Pledging to eradicate corruption and subdue drug cartels with a less confrontational approach, Lopez Obrador will carry high expectations into office, while his efforts to reduce inequality will be watched closely by nervous investors.

His government could usher in greater scrutiny of foreign investment and a less accommodating approach to the United States.

Being older, male and white headed I wonder how the progressive world sees him.

5 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  July 2, 2018

    His biggest problem will possibly be not getting assassinated.

  2. Blazer

     /  July 2, 2018

    arriva…arriva…

  3. david in aus

     /  July 2, 2018

    “Pledging to eradicate corruption and subdue drug cartels with a LESS CONFRONTATIONAL approach, Lopez Obrador.”

    -good luck with that.
    -maybe he should allow the drug cartels to take over the police and like the Mob have exclusive economic zones. The less confrontational approach.

    He’s dreamin’

  4. David

     /  July 3, 2018

    He would be better off working with Trump and his wall building endevour which would help reduce the amount of cocaine heading north through his country which has caused so much bloodshed and corruption. With a wall it would deter the ruthless people smuggling snake heads.
    Still easier not to take hard decisions.

    • Gezza

       /  July 3, 2018

      He would be better off if Trump would stop US arms traders (probably NRA members?) from illegally supplying most of the military style weapons to the criminal gangs too. If America could sort out & help all its drug addicts that would also kill the cocaine market. Mexico will struggle to stop the people smuggling without more funding for border control at their own borders. This will be tricky with Trump trying to wreck their economy. Forget about getting Mexico to pay for Trump’s wall. That’s the US’s responsibility. Maybe they could subsidise an expansion of Mexico’s border authorities?